Cyber Safety for Senior
Whether you’re a senior citizen yourself or a loved one of a senior citizen, we understand that it can be challenging to navigate the cyber world in a safe way. For this reason, here are a few tips on general cyber security, how to safely zoom online, and keeping your social media accounts and personal email hackerproof.
General cyber safety tips:
- Keep your computer and software up-to-date with the latest security patches.
- Use strong passwords and avoid using the same password for multiple accounts.
- Be cautious of unsolicited emails or messages from unknown senders, as they could be phishing attempts to steal your personal information.
- Avoid clicking on links in emails or messages from unknown sources.
- Only provide personal information on secure websites, such as those with “https” in the URL.
- Be wary of phone calls or messages from individuals claiming to be tech support, as they could be attempting to gain access to your computer or personal information.
- Use anti-virus software and keep it updated.
- Regularly back up important files and documents.
Zoom safety tips:
- Use a unique meeting ID and password for each meeting.
- Do not share meeting links or passwords on public platforms.
- Enable the waiting room feature to control who enters the meeting.
- Lock the meeting after all attendees have joined.
- Turn off screen sharing for non-hosts.
- Use the “mute all” feature to prevent disruptions.
- Avoid sharing personal information during the meeting.
- Use the latest version of Zoom to ensure security updates are in place.
Email safety tips:
- Use a strong and unique password for your email account.
- Be cautious of emails from unknown senders and do not open suspicious attachments or click on links in emails.
- Enable two-factor authentication for added security.
- Keep your software and antivirus up-to-date to prevent malware attacks.
- Avoid sending sensitive information over email or using encrypted email services.
- Be wary of phishing scams, and never share personal or financial information via email.
- Verify the authenticity of emails from companies or organizations by checking their official website or contacting them directly.
- Regularly delete unnecessary emails and empty your trash folder to reduce the risk of data breaches.
Tips for keeping social media accounts safe:
- Use a strong and unique password
- Enable two-factor authentication
- Be cautious of suspicious links and messages
- Adjust your privacy settings to limit who can see your posts and information
- Regularly review and update your security settings
- Avoid using public Wi-Fi when accessing your accounts
- Log out of your accounts when using a public computer or device.