Cybersecurity is an important part of the world today. Technology is something we all use daily, but seniors may be especially vulnerable to some of the risks we face today. As a result, you may be seeking some useful tips you can use to keep the seniors you know safe when they use the internet. Cyber crime is growing, just as technology is. This guide will provide you with tips you can use to protect your loved ones or your clients from cyber criminals.
Don't Open Every Email
Many people open every email in their inbox, especially if they are used to opening every piece of physical mail they get. Unfortunately, this means they may open emails that falsely advertise free items and giveaways. The only giveaway is for a virus straight to your computer or web advice. Delete and mark these emails as spam instead.
Beware of Phishing Scams
Phishing emails look like they are real emails from websites you trust, including your banking institutions, but they are actually malicious websites. They ask for your password and login information, and they steal your information. They also pose as organizations like Medicare or Social Security. If they get your Social Security number, they can actually apply for loans in your name and ultimately take over your credit.
It is always wise to visit websites independently rather than to follow links that come through email. Additionally, seniors should also check the email address to determine if it is the official email address of the company.
Don't Connect With Strangers on Social Media
Seniors often make new friends on the internet, but unfortunately many of the people they connect with are not who they claim to be. Often, these people are looking for ways to scam people for money with fake stories about illness. While the internet provides a great way to meet new people, be skeptical of stories people try to tell you.
Create Strong Passwords
It is not enough to use "password123" or "myaccount123" to protect your account. It is a good idea to use strong passwords that incorporate lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers, and punctuation marks. The better your passwords, the more you can protect your information.
Security is important in all aspects of your loved one's life, and you may feel a need to provide some protection. With these tips, you can better understand the risks your senior loved one faces, and you can act in a way that protects them from falling prey to common scams. Reach out to a cybersecurity consulting firm to learn more.