How to Help Older Adults Safely Navigate the Web
Although seniors are more tech savvy than ever, the FTC and FBI statistics indicate older adults are now five times more likely to be victims of cybercrimes than just four years ago, and the Department of Justice estimates scammers steal at least $3 billion from unsuspecting seniors every year.
Here are some tips on how to protect your loved one:
Notable Changes in Computer Usage Could Foreshadow More Serious Issues
Cognitive impairment often is recognizable earlier in seniors who use technology; forgetting passwords or frequently getting locked out of accounts can signal a decline in judgment.
Encourage older adults to immediately tell you of mistreatment by, or suspicious behavior of, persons who enter their homes to provide care or services.
Listen carefully when conversing with loved ones;look for signs that something is not right.
Don't be afraid to be a little "nosey" as seniors often have misgivings about discussing anomalies in their health or environment.
Don't hesitate to seek help if you suspect your loved one is in danger or needs additional aid.
Clues your loved one may be involved with a bad actor (Detect):
The sudden apperance of a new "best friend”.
Writing bad checks.
Signs of neglect when there is a paid caretaker.
Advise seniors not to share sensitive data such as (Defer):
Social Security Number
Bank Account Details
Talk to the older adults in your life openly, honestly and frequently (Defend):
Ask questions about their interactions online.
Share information about scams and fraud.
Ensure they are using proper security measures while on the Internet.