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Cybersecurity Tips for Your Elderly Loved Ones

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Cybersecurity Tips for Your Elderly Loved Ones 

When it comes to older individuals, cybersecurity is often overlooked. Instead of hoping for the best, it’s important to educate those who might not know how to spot cybercriminal activity. Here are some valuable reminders for your elderly loved ones: 

Even if an email looks legitimate, there’s a chance it is not 

Cybercriminals do a great job masking their identity. They make messages look like they are coming from a trustworthy source. This can be tricky for people to differentiate, so make sure your elderly loved ones know that not all emails are reliable. If they receive a message from someone they know, encourage them to check with that person to verify. If the email comes from a financial institution or other business, they can call and confirm the message they received is really from that source.

Monitor your credit and debit card activity 

Credit and debit cards are normally used for online purchases. Transactions can easily be reviewed online or through a mobile app. Keep a close eye on banking activity by setting up bank alerts when purchases are made using a debit card. If anything looks suspicious, notify the bank or credit card company immediately. This extra layer of monitoring can give your elderly loved ones peace of mind. 

Keep your software updated

Not everyone understands the importance of keeping computer software up to date. Cybersecurity is a big reason. Updates often include feature enhancements and critical patches to security holes.

Shop on reliable websites that you know are real 

There are countless websites out there, many of which are designed to take your money without sending an actual product. It can be tricky to figure out which websites are real and which ones are not. Teach your loved ones that the best choice is to make purchases from reliable websites. These are websites they know are real, have purchased from before, or know someone who has successfully purchased from before.

When it comes to cybersecurity, it’s always better to be safe than sorry 

At the end of the day, the safe route is always best when it comes to cybersecurity. Continue to remind your loved one that it’s better to skip a supposed “great deal” than to have credit or debit card information compromised by an unfamiliar source. Delete unknown emails, avoid clicking on links from unknown senders, be careful what you download and always safeguard your financial information. 

These are reminders that should continually be mentioned to your elderly loved ones as time goes on. Cybersecurity is extremely important, so we hope this helps you and the people you care about the most!