OPB News: Cyber safety at any age

April 16, 2019

Cyber safety is an issue that affects everyone. Since it’s important to be able to identify and respond to potential cyber threats, we all need be conscious about it, regardless of how technologically fluent or advanced we may be.

Did you know? While some people often assume that older relatives are more vulnerable to online attacks, a recent news report revealed that it’s actually adults under 40 who are most likely to fall victim to online scams. Although members of all ages use the internet differently, everyone is vulnerable to attacks on their personal information, especially if they’re not being attentive.

Here are some tips to help you stay cyber safe:

  • Never click on any links or open any attachments in suspicious emails. If you receive an email from a sender that appears to be less than reputable, back out of the email immediately and do not click on or download anything in it.
  • Be careful when using public Wi-Fi. While it can be tempting to save data by using public Wi-Fi when you’re out, public networks are generally unencrypted. This means anyone in range can see which web pages you’re visiting and what you’re typing into web forms. It’s also incredibly difficult to tell if the public Wi-Fi network is legitimate or a malicious hotspot used to trick people. If you must use public Wi-Fi, try to avoid accessing your personal data like logging into your bank’s website.
  • Don’t use the same password for all of your online accounts. Using different passwords that are sufficiently robust is the best way to ensure all of your accounts are safe.