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Explore. Experience. Share - Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Internet is weaving into our everyday lifestyle. But there is no doubt that children are now much more internet savvy than their parents. Particularly, they are active on social media platforms, playing online games, and watching videos. While providing your children with smartphones or laptops could have its advantage (knowing their whereabouts, e-learning) and exploring the internet could be exciting, they need to be aware of the digital threats which could make them vulnerable online: cyberbullying, inappropriate content, and online harassment.

Hence, this is high time for parents to introduce internet safety to their children. Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Communicate about online behavior, safety, and the risks. Share the stories of internet scams or cyberbullying to aware them of these issues.

  2. Make sure that your child does not download anything without your permission: Install Antivirus Software to protect your child from malicious websites and viruses.

  3. Aware your children of the risks of sharing personal information (phone number, address, passwords, their own pictures) online.

  4. Because people may not be who they say they are online!

  5. If someone is making them uncomfortable or harassing them, they should let their parents know. They should block that person if necessary.

Senior citizens are the fastest-growing group of internet users. However, due to their lack of computer and internet knowledge, they have become vulnerable to cyber crimes and online scams. Even elders with no access to the internet and other technological devices can fall victim to face-to-face phishing, vishing, or smishing, where their personal information can be compromised.

Now, the question is what tactics do cybercriminals use to lure the elderly into the scams.

  1. The scammers pose as tech support and create non-existent issues to gain remote access to their devices and personal information.

  2. Impersonating as a government official saying that you have unpaid taxes or you need to update your details in the pension scheme to receive your money.

  3. Loans and investment frauds are the most common financial scams due to the elderlys' trustable nature.

  4. As more elderly people are isolated and lonely - it creates an opportunity for the romance scammers to exploit it by opening fake dating apps/websites or profiles requesting for money (e.g. sponsoring for a visa or their travel).

  5. During festive times like Christmas, New Year's scams related to free gifts and discounts are very common.

Note: Consistently reminding the elderly about internet safety and its practices would be the key to keeping them safe online.

Find online safety tips to share with your elders here.

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