Encouraging seniors to practice cyber safety can go a long way towards protecting their identity and sensitive personal information. Generally, Senior Care Professionals play a significant role in making their clients aware of their potential vulnerability.
Mark Matz, Director of Policy and Issues Management with the National Cyber Security Directorate at Public Safety Canada said that ‘Protecting older adults online is all about planning’. Though seniors might never encounter a security breach online, it’s crucial to take the suitable steps to ensure that they avoid becoming an easy target.
Consider the tips which are mentioned below from Public Safety Canada, the National Cyber Security Alliance, The Stop Think and Connect campaign’s online safety tips for older adults and the Home Instead Senior Care network. And start making aware your clients by advising that they take the ‘Can you spot the scam?’ Quiz.
Password protect devices–
- According to one research conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network- Mostly, half of the seniors do not use password feature on at least one of their Internet-enabled device which is leaving it open to whoever may pick it up. Set all of their devices including tablet, telephone and computer with the password will keep prying eyes out and will hold information entirely safe in case these devices are stolen and lost.
- Motivate senior to make password strong and easy to remember or else to write them and then keep them in a safe, secure place far away from their computer.
- Note that a strong password is a sentence that consists of at least 8-12 characters long so suggest a mix of letters, numbers and symbols and no personal information.
Think twice before acting-
- Mostly older adults panic when they face with an urgent request. Remind older adults again and again that they should not panic and that they should think twice before they act and also to get a second opinion whenever in doubt.
- For instance, encourage them to avoid emails and other ways of communication that make sense of urgencies such as a problem with their bank account or taxes. Generally, this type of message is likely a scam.
- Remember that clicking on links in emails is often the way scammers get access to personal information. Even if mail looks unusual, it’s better to delete it.
Share but with care-
- Suggest older adults share with care on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp etc.
- Repeatedly remind seniors to adjust their privacy settings to put a limit on those who can view their information and also stop sharing their location.
Hope, this blog would have been helpful for you.