3 Things You Won’t Let Happen to Your Grandma or Grandpa
On National Grandparents Day, find out the ways your loved ones can be vulnerable to scams or hackers.
Today is National Grandparents Day and while it’s important to respect your elders, it’s also important to look out for them! Here are 3 top privacy or security issues your grandpa or grandma may not know about (hey, you probably don’t either!):
Identity Theft, You Say Sonny?
Even though identity theft or third party data breaches make sensationalist headlines, it’s actually a fairly commonplace occurrence. Sadly, seniors are targeted often because they tend to be more lonely and socially isolated, or are dealing with health problems like memory loss or dementia. The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) says that close to 3 million victims of identity theft last year were 50 years or older. However, from that data 13 million Americans in general were targets (ahem, younger folks).
Unfortunately, companies that you or your grandparents use may not be able to protect personal data properly and we are betting your grandparents probably don’t change their passwords often enough or heck, even you could be in the same boat. When personally identifiable information (PII) is leaked or compromised, cyber crimes such as taking out fraudulent loans using someone else’s identity or filing false tax returns can personally impact loved ones for many years.
Knowing this is commonplace and dangerous, you and your grandparents should be careful and use Identity Theft Reporting, such as the one offered by dfndr security. You can register multiple emails and get immediate alerts if your data is breached, as well as know which passwords have been compromised.
When Grandma Says Her Apps Are Listening, it’s Sorta True!
That app you’ve installed on grandpa’s phone that reminds him to take his medication on time could be risky. Not to his health, but to his privacy!
Many app users don’t realize that downloading an innocent app means any information you’ve shared is actually tracked. That data can be sold to third-party advertisers or potentially even compromised through a third-party data breach.
While apps are an amazing daily resource, make sure you and the older generation in your life make app privacy easier to decipher with the App Privacy Scan. The scanner assess your apps and assigns potential risk levels, while also showing you a location map of where your app data is going.
Grandpa’s Theft Watchdog
A recent security report showed that 1 out of 10 smartphone users are victims of theft, and a whopping 68% were unable to recover their device after the theft happened.
For seniors, forgetfulness is usually the culprit as 44% accidentally leave their phone behind in a public setting, which is snatched later on by an opportunistic thief.
In fact, anti-theft precautions are often not high on anyone’s list, even though this type of phone loss is staggeringly common. Be watchful of your grandparents and yourself by implementing the Anti-theft Protection feature in dfndr security. If something were to happen you can geolocate your phone, erase any important data, and the best thing, get photo evidence if a thief tries to access your phone. A picture of the thief will be sent straight to your inbox.
The big lesson here is hackers’ methods are becoming increasingly sophisticated and anyone can be fooled, not just the older generation–you can also! Not to mention the other problem of privacy, and where your data is going or how it’s being shared.
PSafe’s Cybersecurity Report traces the top 3 sources of cyberattacks:
– Web browsers: 69.7%
– SMS: 15.7%
– Messaging apps (Messenger/WhatsApp): 14.7%
Likely, you and your grandparents are using these daily, so it’s vital to be vigilant as well as use antivirus software.
Here are 3 tips that can help you and your loved ones stay safe:
- Be careful with passwords. Don’t repeat the same password on different accounts and exchange them every 30 days, if possible. To help out, use a password manager app.
- Don’t provide personal or financial information on promotional forms or suspicious offers on the internet. When in doubt, always check the actual websites if a promo or offer is really true.
- When posting updates on social media, be cautious. Avoid using check ID, because a cybercriminal can map your entire routine, know where you live, and where you go.
On this day, treat your grandparents to something special, including the Pro Plan of dfndr security, which includes the above mentioned features and more: