Stop.Think.Connect - Educate Seniors
Friday Apr 15th, 2016
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Seniors are defrauded at twice the rate of the rest of the population. Seniors generally buy into a few myths about information exposure online. The first myth is that if you don’t use a computer you aren’t exposed online. In reality, just because YOU didn’t put information online doesn’t mean it isn’t there – virtually everyone has information online that has been placed there by several sources.
- Publicly available government records will show if you own a home, vote, have a criminal record (or speeding ticket), and much more.
- Your home is listed online and its image is available through any Internet mapping service.
Educate your Seniors:
Change You Pin. For protection change your PIN on you Bankcard periodically.
Shopping. If you shop online, check your credit card statements as often as possible and use a credit card for online purchases. Credit cards have some protections that debit cards do not, such as the ability to question unusual charges . Also ask you credit card provider if they have an internet anonymous shopping application that only uses a credit card number for 5 minutes and it is not your real number. Ask about Virtual Account Numbers — Generates a temporary credit card number that makes it virtually impossible for anyone to steal the real one while you're shopping online.
Don’t judge a book by its cover. Cyber criminals hide behind the anonymity of the Internet. What you say and do online is visible to others, and it’s not erasable. Don't communicate or reveal any personal information to strangers online. Personal information includes your name, address, age, phone number, birthday, email address, social security number, and insurance policy numbers – even your doctor’s name.
Look before you leap. Don't enter contests, join clubs, or share your personal information for any reason, unless you know you are on a reputable website. Do not open attachments, click links, or respond to email messages from unknown senders or companies that ask for your personal information. Most organizations – banks, charities, universities, companies, etc. - don’t ask for your personal information over email. Beware of requests to update or confirm your personal information.
All that glitters is not gold. Be wary of emails offering “free” gifts, prizes, or vacations. These are tricks designed to get you to give up personal information. Personal information can be pieced together to steal identities, money, or credit.
A chain is as strong as its weakest link.. Every Internet user, no matter how young or old, is our Nation’s first line of defense against people who might want to do harm. If we all become more aware of who we talk to, what we say, and what we share online we can all make a big difference.
The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is Our Shared Responsibility. Our Shared Responsibility is the theme for National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015. - Visit: http://www.staysafeonline.org