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Top 4 Tips for Cyber Security

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4. Protect Your Devices

Help the seniors in your life get protected online with these seven tips:

1. Password protect and secure devices, accounts. Lock all devices (including computers, tablets and smartphones) with secure passwords in case devices are lost or stolen. A strong password is at least 12 characters long with a mix of numbers, letters and symbols, void of personal information.

2. Consider two-step authentication for a second layer of protection. Check out the free options offered by many apps and websites or learn more at LockDownYourLogin.com.

3. Think before acting. When faced with an urgent request – like emails asking for money – encourage seniors to think before acting, or get a second opinion. Clicking on links is often how a scammer gains access to personal information. When in doubt, encourage aging adults to trash an unusual message.

4. Share with care. Over half (51 percent) of seniors surveyed by Home Instead use social media to stay connected. Encourage older adults to share personal information with care, adjust privacy settings to limit who can see their information and turn off location sharing.

5. Use security software. Help seniors install anti-virus and anti-spyware software and program it to run regularly. And be wary of pop-up ads or emails, many of which contain malware that can infect computers.

6. Log out. Recommend that seniors log out of apps and websites when they are done. Leaving apps and websites open on computer screens could make them vulnerable to security and privacy risks.

7. Recommend support. Aging adults who live alone may need help from a trusted source – such as a family member, tech-savvy friend or professional caregiver – to serve as a second set of eyes.

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