Senior Citizens – are Easy Targets of Hackers

Practicing cyber safety can go a long way toward protecting your 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 work to make yourself a more difficult target.”

Take the “Quiz: Can You Spot an Online Scam?

  1. Create passwords and make them strong. Half of seniors do not use the password feature on at least one of their internet-enabled devices.
  2. Secure access to your accounts.
  3. Think before you act. Emails and communication that create a sense of urgency such as a problem with your bank account or taxes is likely a scam.
  4. When in doubt, throw it out. Clicking on links in emails is often how scammers get access to personal information. If an email looks unusual, even if you know the person who sent it, it’s best to delete it.
  5. Share with care. Be aware of what you share publically on social media sites like Facebook. Adjust your privacy settings to limit who can see your information.
  6. Use security software. Install security software on your devices from a reliable source and keep it updated.
  7. Adjust your browser safety settings. You likely search for news, information and products by using an internet browser such as Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari. Adjust your settings in each of those browsers to set your options for optimum security.
  8. Use the default firewall security protection on your computer. Your operating system (OS) likely has default firewall settings that will protect your computer without needing adjustment.
  9. Log out. Remember to log out of apps and websites when you are done using them.
  10. Consider support. If you live alone or spend a lot of time by yourself, consider a trusted source to serve as a second set of eyes and ears.

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