That's true both for parents of young children was well seniors with grown children. The safety challenges for seniors are similar but there are some differences. They may not be as familiar with technology and, according to the FBI:
- they are often financially secure and/or have good credit
- they may be more trusting and they don't think they'd be a target
This article by the AARP lists some common scams against seniors including some we've discussed like fake Microsoft support calls or IRS-related tax fraud.
What got me thinking about this topic was a great article entitled "10 Ways to Help Our Parents With Online Security". The article touches on a number of themes we've discussed in the past. I'll list the 10 items with links back to some past editions of this blog - typically they:
- don't think they have anything worth stealing
- have bad password habits - just like most people
- are confused by 2-factor authentication - something we all should use
- leave mobile devices unattended and without security measures
- don't recognize phishing emails
- don't understand social media and how it can be used in scams
- share too much information
- can be manipulated by online media
- place too much trust in an anti-virus product
- don't understand how sophisticated scams and attacks can be
In what ways can you help your parents stay safe online?