Most people find that those over 60-65 are not familiar with it technology. However, nowadays more and more people have incorporated technology into their lives. OR Google has published a statement about them electronic scams specifically targeting the elderly users.
Elijah Lawal, security communications officer at Google, said: “No matter how long you use the Internet, the online world is constantly evolving threats".
"There is certainly concern for older internet users - 75% of Britons over 60 say they are concerned about its security at Internet".
Google has given some tips to help older users of technology products stay safe while online.
- Use strong and unique passwords
Many users choose easy passwords so they can easily remember them. When it comes to older users, the chances of using a password are increased. However, what is easy for you is usually for them hackers. Cybercriminals can guess the code and to obtain access on devices and their accounts you.
Mr Lawal said: "While remembering multiple passwords can be difficult, it's important to have a different password for each of our accounts. Otherwise, breaching an account could open the door to everyone personally our details ”.
According to Google, an auxiliary tool for this job is Password Manager, like Google Password Manager and its corresponding function Safari, which they create unique passwords for each new account and they automatically fill in each time you log in.
- Take care of who you trust
Mr Lawal said: “Take special care when you visit sites and do not open attachments and links included in emails from unknown senders. These could lead you to a malicious site that installs malware on your device or tries to steal your information in other ways. Some attackers may present themselves as people you know. So check your emails well, even if they appear to come from known contacts. "
- Pay attention to the information you post online
Most people post various information and photos to share with their loved ones. But you have to be very careful with what you upload.
Mr Lawal explained why posting photos online can be dangerous: “For example, posting photos of your home in platforms social networking could help hackers guess your address, which in combination with other information, such as your date of birth, could make it easier to access your bank account. "
Google recommends that you do not give it to yourself data (e.g. passwords or financial details) to other people or websites.
Make sure the sites you enter information on are safe and encrypted.
"For example, verify that the address is correct and starts with"https"And not with" http ". Look for the lock symbol in the address bar, which confirms that your link to the site is secure. "
“Remember that legitimate companies will never ask you to share your passwords or social security numbers by phone, email, text or social media - so if they do, they probably aren't legal companies ”.
- Be constantly vigilant
Finally, Google emphasizes that all users, of all ages, must be constantly on alert and protect your accounts and accounts Appliances their.
Most elderly people (73%) say they are confident about exploring the internet, yet many download viruses and fall victim to fake news and scams.