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 Five cybersecurity tips for older adults

By: Julie Ann Soukoulis
July 19, 2019

Encouraging older adults to practice cyber safety can go a long way toward protecting their identity and sensitive personal information.

“Cybersecurity is about risk reduction,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. “It’s difficult to achieve perfect security. But you can help older adults work to make themselves a more difficult target.”

Consider these tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance, The Stop Think and Connect campaign’s online safety tips for older adults, Public Safety Canada and the Home Instead Senior Care network. Educate yourself as well by taking the “Quiz: Can You Spot an Online Scam?”

Password-protect and secure devices and accounts. Half of the seniors do not use the password feature on at least one of their internet-enabled devices, leaving it open to whoever may pick it up, according to research conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network. Locking all of their devices including computer, tablet and telephone with secure passwords will keep prying eyes out and protect information in case these devices are lost or stolen. Encourage any seniors you are helping to make passwords strong and keep them in a safe, secure place away from their computer. A strong password is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Recommend a mix of letters, numbers and symbols and no personal information. Since passwords can be stolen, adding two-step authentication to accounts provides a second layer of protection. Many online services, including apps and websites, offer free options that could help seniors protect their information and ensure it’s actually them trying to access their accounts – not just someone with their password. Learn to “Lock Down Your Login” at www.lockdownyourlogin.com. And, for more information about two-step authentication, go to www.turnon2fa.com.

Think before acting. It can be easy to panic when faced with an urgent request. Remind older adults to stop and think before they act and get a second opinion when in doubt. Encourage them to ignore emails and communication that create a sense of urgency such as a problem with their bank account or taxes. This type of message is likely a scam. When in doubt, they should throw it out. Clicking on links in emails is often how scammers get access to personal information. If an email looks unusual, even if they know the person who sent it, it’s best to delete it. Remind older adults that scammers can hack into friends’ email addresses and send messages on their behalf. Spam filters should be on email accounts.

Share with care. Social media is a big draw for older adults. In fact, the majority of seniors interviewed in the Home Instead Senior Care survey say they participate. And that could be a good thing, helping keep them connected. Encourage older adults to share with care on social media sites such as Facebook. Help seniors to appropriately adjust their privacy settings to limit who can see their information and remind them to avoid sharing their location.

Use security software. Most seniors in the Home Instead Senior Care survey say they have help with their computers – either a family member or a computer professional. I know my husband is constantly helping my 80-year-old father-in-law with his social media. It is how he stays engaged with friends and family. If you’re assisting an older adult, install security software from a reliable source and keep it updated. It is best to run the anti-virus and anti-spyware software regularly. Be wary of pop-up ads or emails. They may actually be malware that could infect computers. You could consider showing older adults how to clear browsing history at the end of their sessions, so they don’t leave a trail of sensitive data. Suggest they enable the default firewall security protection on their computers. If antivirus software includes additional firewall protection, consider they contact a computer professional to ensure they are safely protected without over-blocking sites they use regularly.

Log out. Suggest that seniors log out of apps and websites when they are done using them. Leaving them open on their computer screen could make them vulnerable to security and privacy risks.

Education is the best form of protection. For more information about how to protect seniors from fraud, visit ProtectSeniorsOnline.com. And for more about cybersecurity, go to the National Cyber Security Alliance at www.staysafeonline.org.

Julie Ann Soukoulis is the owner of Home Instead Senior care office in Rohnert Park, mother of two and passionate about healthy living at all ages. Having cared for her own two parents, she understands your struggles and aims, through her website, www.homeinstead.com/sonoma to educate and encourage seniors & caregivers. Have a caregiving or aging concern?  She’d love to hear from you at 586-1516 anytime.