During COVID we're spending more time online than ever before, including many seniors who may not have much knowledge of how to protect themselves from cyber threats. Here are a few tips to keep you and your loved ones safe online:
1. Secure your access: use complex passwords, or better yet, pass phrases of at least four words or 15 characters. Be sure to use a different password for every site. This can get tedious to manage, so consider using a password manager, which stores and auto-fills your passwords and only requires one password to access them, should you need to.
2. Enable multi-factor authentication: Instead of protecting your information with a password, enable another security step. These factors usually include a password and a bio-scan (fingerprint or facial recognition), a security question or a text notification.
3. Be Scam-aware: Ignore emails telling you to "ACT NOW"; you are not likely to get a crucial and time-sensitive notification via email. Don't open attachments from senders you don't know. Think if you requested this email; if you didn't request a password reset or something of the like, it's probably not genuine. Ask yourself if the email offer is too good to be true; companies will never ask for personal or banking information over email - so don't give it!
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