Cyber-Security Checklist (Ferrand, 2015)
Cybersecurity bill of good health. Just like your body, your loved ones and their connected devices can benefit from these few simple preventive measures to keep healthy.
☐ Protect Yourself First ☐ Use Strong Passwords ☐ Use and Update Virus Protection and Security Settings
1 Pew Research Center, April 2014, “Older Adults and Technology Use” available at: http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/04/03/older-adults-and-technology-use/.
2 Pew Research Center, “Older Adults and Technology Use.”
3 FBI, “Common Fraud Schemes, Fraud Target: Senior Citizens” available at https://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud/seniors.
4 Splash Data News, January 2015, “123456 Maintains the Top Spot on Splash Data’s Annual “Worst Passwords” List” available at splashdata.com/press/worst-passwords-of-2014.htm; See also, CNN, January 2014, “123456 tops list of worst passwords,” available at http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/22/tech/web/most-common-passwords/.
5. Keep Private Information Private
6. Communicate about Cyber-Security: Stay Informed and Share Helpful Tips with Others
7. If You See Something, Say Something Suspect something? See something? Say something. There are many ways to safely report a situation you experienced or suspect may be fraudulent. If you are the victim of a scam, it is important to report the situation to the proper authorities such as the police or FBI.
8. Stay Informed Attending workshops, educational seminars, and talking with friends and family are all ways to gain and share knowledge and stay informed.
Check out these resources for more information on how to protect yourself and senior loved ones from cyber-crime and how stay safe online: Stay Safe Online: http://www.StaySafeOnline.org
SeniorNet: http://www.SeniorNet.org (educational opportunities)
United States Senate Special Committee on Aging: http://www.aging.senate.gov/