Your online, your kids are online and now your parents or even your grandparents are ready to join the digital world.
October is National Cyber Safety Month! Is your cyber senior safe while surfing? (Say that five times fast!).
You can help by teaching them how to use the web safely by protecting their personal information, learning about and recognizing potential scams and by keeping their computers protected and up to date.
1. Initiate a discussion and talk about how they’re using the web so that you know what to teach them in order to be safe.
2. Make sure firewalls are strong, that anything connected to the web is protected, that security software is up to date, and automate system updates if possible.
3. Explain the importance of strong passwords and make sure they have them written down and kept in a safe place.
4. Explain email. If they don’t know who it’s from, delete it. When in doubt, throw it out.
5. Make sure you keep them up to date on the latest scams, how to recognize them and where to find that information.
6. They should never post their whereabouts, location or schedules. NEVER disclose personal information.
7. Discourage meeting up with new “online” friends. This could put them in danger or in the hands of a predator.
8. Explain to them to never feel pressured by banks or creditors to conduct their business online.
For more information, tips and advice on cyber safety check out StaySafeOnline.org
Disclosure: I have been compensated for my participation as a #SmartHome Ambassador . Opinions are my own.