How to protect the elderly from online scam

We have grown in the time where we saw the emergence of various social media platforms and growth of internet usage, but definitely, our elders have not! The Internet is full of people with bad intents and elders are surely easy targets to attack, as they are not a technology enthusiast. Their online presence is not only limited to social media but also on the various online banking platforms consists of very personal and sensitive information. Most elders have become the fan of online facilities but unaware of the threats and scams.

Being a responsible relative, you must help elders by doing following things:

Secure their PC:

Elder’s computers are certainly easy to hack for hackers as their systems might still be running with Windows XP and older version of anti-virus, having many hypersensitive data such as credit card and bank account details.

The primary step is to ensure the protection of their PC. You can install any well-updated anti-virus with latest OS on the system. It is good to turn-on auto-update settings in the system that will help their PC to update patches for latest malware.

Educate to surf securely: 

It is a good idea to make them aware of latest scams and distinguishing between safe and unsafe websites. Most of the websites are secure, but you can tell them the difference between “http” and “https” in a website address.

Their alertness will increase as they will know more about online threats. You can also demonstrate them like:

  • How to identify safe websites.
  • How to check genuine websites.
  • Choosing a strong password.
  • Other tactics of not to fall prey to online scams.

Securing their Wi-fi:

 There is a high probability that they are still using a decade-year-old wi-fi router with old firmware and old encryption techniques. You need to update its firmware and enable latest encryption methodologies like WPA and WPA20. It prevents many attacks and allows secure use of the internet.

Testing password strengths:

Old age people are more likely to have easy patterned passwords. You need to discuss with them about the significance of having strong passwords and help them in choosing one.  It is good to test the strength of passwords before choosing it. passwordmeter is a good platform to test it.

Being smart at using emails:

It is a very popular way to fetch sensitive data by installing malware in the system. Malware is attached to the emails and on downloading these attachments. It runs in the system and all the profitable data are fetched by cyber-criminals. There are various blogs and websites available online for analysis of phishing emails. You can suggest them to read it and becoming smart at using emails.