How to Secure Your Aging Parents from Threats around the Web
What would the world be like without the internet? The internet has transformed our lives in a significant way, from finding answers to almost everything to connecting with people from all over the world through social media to hosting your email, etc. Unfortunately, as much as the internet has been beneficial to us, it also poses significant risks to new users.
Let’s face it; most of our parents did not grow up with technology as we did, so they are very vulnerable to online scams and malware attacks.
Luckily, even though you might not be around to monitor your parents’ online activity, you can still protect them using the following simple tips:
Guard their personal information
Most aging internet users are vulnerable to well crafted ‘phishing scams’ which appear as pops ups or emails asking them to provide personal details. Such notifications frequently offer deals that are too good to be true, when they are just scams. Therefore, it’s important to educate your parents on the importance of not sharing their passwords and personal information with anyone on the internet.
Update their systems
One of the most important features that should be turned on all the time on every internet user’s computer is the ‘auto update’ feature. Your parents’ computer might be running on an old system such as Windows 95 or even XP which puts them at risk.
When running on this old versions, security updates are not supported so vulnerabilities cannot be fixed automatically.
Take up the task of upgrading their system to the latest version so that vulnerabilities can be minimized with the latest security patches.
Monitor their bank and credit card statements
Some fraudsters can access your parents’ bank and credit card information without their knowledge. Therefore, it’s important to check account activity with your parents present at least one per month. Be on the lookout for recurring subscription charges from vendors your parents don’t approve. The faster you track those charges, the lesser the damage the fraudster can do.
Educate them about ‘safe emails.’
Most online scams happen through free email offers. Teach your parents how to detect scams by checking the actual sender of an email. If there are not familiar with the sender, they should delete the email immediately without clicking on links.
Install security software
Browsing without an antivirus program redirect users to unsafe websites and most parents are not unaware of the dangers of redirecting. With an antivirus program, they can surf securely since an antivirus program detects viruses and deletes them instantly. Additionally, ensure that the program is regularly updated and the system scanned as well.