A Senior’s Guide To Online Safety .

A Senior’s Guide To Online Safety .

A Senior’s Guide To Online Safety .

A Senior’s Guide To Online Safety .

Online scammers are always thinking up of new and inventive ways to take people’s money. They often target elderly because they lack tech savviness.

What kinds of scams should you look out for to avoid getting trapped?

Seniors tend to fall prey to the following online swindles:

·       Phishing scams

  • ·       Online shopping scams
  • ·       Lottery winning phone calls
  • ·       Ads at the top of search engine results lists
  • ·       Healthcare scams, Medical alert robocalls, and “smishing” credit card or bank texts
  • ·       Dating swindlers

 

How they do it?

 

·       The phisher is someone, whom a senior can trust and is usually able to convince the senior or other victim to pass along their most sensitive data. This can include computer passwords and usernames, credit card information and debit card PIN numbers, or sometimes even bank account information.

·       Most phishing scams involve the use of instant messaging and email spoofing. Phishers will disguise themselves as IT administrators, online payment processors, banks, auction sites, social media platforms, and any other source a victim could believe.

·       They also are adept at creating fake websites that look exactly like the real thing and hence can steal sensitive info..

 

How to Protect Yourself ?

 

  • ·       Create good passwords and avoid names, birthdates etc which are easy to guess
  • ·       Don’t share your passwords with anyone.
  • ·       Don’t save it on your phone list
  • ·       Sign up for Do Nor call Registry (DNR), to prevent unnecessary marketing calls.
  • ·       Don’t share your account details with any one except your relationship manager of that bank. Don’t share your passwords with him at any cost.
  • ·       Don’t trust any reward/ lottery winning call , and avoid sharing sensitive details before verifying.
  • ·       Update your windows and have a good Antivirus & malware installed on your laptop.