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Tips for Protecting Your Senior from Cyber Crime

The internet can make life easier and more accessible for your elderly adult. Utilizing the internet can allow them to stay in touch with friends and family, manage tasks such as grocery shopping, and learn new things right from the comfort and safety of their own home.
Unfortunately, the internet can also be a risky place. Cyber crime is on the rise, and much like other types of crime, it is more likely to impact elderly adults than younger people. As a family caregiver, it is important to understand not just the crimes that exist, but also how you would can protect your senior from becoming a victim of these potentially devastating crimes.
Use these tips to protect your senior from cyber crime:
-Help them to recognize a secure website from an insecure website. It is important that they are able to recognize when a site is encrypted before they input any personal or financial information.
-Instruct them to never open an email from an unfamiliar source, regardless of the subject line.
-Even if an email appears to come from a familiar person such as a family member or friend, they should pay close attention to the way the email is worded, and never click on a link that is suspicious.
-Your parent should never input any type of personal or financial information in a form they did not request. For example, if a window pops up asking for “confirmation” of a PIN or account number, they should never input it.
-They should be extremely cautious about emails that appear to be from their bank or other financial institution.
They should be aware that these institutions will never request information such as an account number, PIN, social security number, or other information through an email, a text message, or other request unless they have specifically reached out to the institution.
-Encourage them to choose strong, secure passwords that are not easily guessed. They should contain both capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters, and be different for their various accounts, sites, and platforms
When you stepped into the role of being a family caregiver for your aging parent, it’s likely you were only thinking about their needs, and the type of care they would need to handle them. While fulfilling your senior’s needs is the goal of being a family caregiver, it is not the only thing you should be thinking about when planning for this care.
As their family caregiver, you will encounter stress, emotional challenges, and a busier schedule that can be very difficult for you. It is crucial you get the support and help you need to not only ensure your parent’s needs are met effectively, but also that your own health and well-being are protected. The customized services of an in-home senior care services provider are designed to manage your parent’s personal needs, help them cope with limitations and challenges, and encourage them to maintain their independence during this new chapter of their life.

If you, or an aging loved-one, are considering hiring Elderly Care in Solana Beach, CA , or the Surrounding San Diego Area, please contact the caring staff at GoldenCare today. Call us at (760) 828-5201 today.
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