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Seniors Are Easy Targets for Cyber Criminals

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Best Practices to Avoid Becoming an Online Scam Target

Learn How to Stay Safe – Tips from the Healthcare Team at Home Instead

In today’s society, it is hard to avoid the Internet. The World Wide Web makes it easier to watch bank accounts, shop for groceries, buy gifts, and keep up with family via email or social media. Many people book their vacations, partake of online gambling, or watch movies on the Net. Unfortunately, for all the good the Internet can bring, there are still those who would bring harm to the unsuspecting, including senior citizens.

Whether you are a caregiver worried about your aging parent or a senior citizen, keeping safe online is possible when you know how to be cautious. All it takes is some common sense and the willingness to stay on top of things. At Home Instead Senior Care, we understand that the elderly are often taken advantage of by opportunistic criminals. Our caregivers provide a variety of non medical home care services that help keep the aged safe and living independently in their home.

6 Tips to Stay Safe Online and Thwart Cyber Criminals

According to a survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc., many seniors are susceptible to cyber-attacks. For example, only 32% of seniors are very confident in their Internet engagement abilities. About 1 in 5 do not use anti-virus software, and 68% are lax on their use of passwords. Approximately 11% have had negative experiences on social media sites. You can take several steps to use the Internet safely. Here are just a few:

  • Look for secured internet site connections: Using free Wi-Fi spots may save money, but not at the cost of personal data being stolen. It is safer to use private Wi-Fi networks.
  • Tighten up passwords: It may be more difficult to remember different passwords for each site visited, but it is vital to choose a secure and memorable password. Be sure to change your log-ins frequently.
  • Install anti-virus software: Hackers will stop at nothing to get what they want. Anti-virus software can protect a computer from various attempts like spyware and malware.
  • Maintain software and app updates: Software companies continually strive to make their programs accessible to use and offer updates for their customers. Make sure to stay on top of all updates.
  • Limit the oversharing on social media: One of the best parts of social media is to catch up with family; however, it can come at a cost. Sharing too much information makes it possible for criminals to find out where you live or where your grandkids go to school.
  • Pay attention to the type of site visited: Not every site is the same. When doing research, look for “.gov” or “.edu” sites. When shopping, make sure the URL says “https.” The “s” stands for “secure.”

Avoid Being a Target - Senior Home Care Professionals Can Help

No one wants to be a victim of scams. If you are worried about your parent’s online safety, having some extra support from a caring and highly-trained caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care Hamilton can ease your mind. Our staff is ready to help your loved one stay safe when on the Internet. We also offer customized plans to give them the attention needed in your absence.

Call us at (905) 521-5500 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care services we deliver each day to families in our Hamilton community.


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