In many scams,our parents may be targeted more often than other age groups and fall victim more often, too. And once burned, they may be hit up again as easy marks.
With the fastest -growing mobile internet markets globally, almost everyone has a phone. While the max population has easily adapted to the mobile in Digital race, it is the elderly who are finding it difficult to adapt to the mobile internet and more importantly stay secured. In the age of fake news and scams, it is becomes overwhelming for our parents and grandparents to understand the complexities at an instance.
Here are 10 basic tips you must teach to your parents to keep them safe while they using their smartphones
1.Smartphones should be secured
While smartphones are a cool thing to have, they are also among the crucial tools of one’s life that may cause trouble if misplaced.Always smartphones must be locked either by using a password or fingerprint. And never handover your smartphone to someone else.
2.Teach them difference of fake apps & how they steal data
We should provide an idea as to how fake apps operate. It is very easy to create a clone of a popular app on Android. You should train them to differentiate between fake and original apps.
3.Never save ATM or credt/debit cards PIN on phones
It is also critical to tell them not to save any banking or banking-related data on mobile browsers or apps. Things like ATM or credt/debit cards PIN should never be saved on mobiles.
4.Make them aware how simple email or message can trick them
Phishing email or messages is one of the most popular online traps. It is very important that you train the elderly on how phishing works and how dangerous it can be
5.Not all calls are important to attend
We should teach your parents and grand parents how a friendly unknown person on the other side of the call can rob them of money in their bank accounts within minutes. It is imperative to teach them how ‘illegals’ works.
6.Do not call back on unknown numbers or return missed calls
Teach them this logic: “If someone is calling you it is mostly they need you more than you do.” We all are aware of how missed calls from unknown numbers work. These are mostly bots which charge anything like Rs 50 to Rs 100 per minute in the name of activating a service that you obviously do not need.
7.Warn them never to share their unique SIM number
Every SIM card has a unique 20-digit number at the back of it which is used to identify your mobile number. It is imperative that you teach them never to share this number and also alert them about how SIM swap works.
8.Don’t overshare on Facebook, Twiter and other social media platforms
It is good to be on social media but then it brings with itself a different set of challenges. For starters, teach them how stalkers work and how sharing vacation plans or publicly providing location details can lead to robbery at house or may cause other problems.
9.Never share ID details with unknown people on phone
Given the privacy concerns, it is important for them to know how Aadhaar /ID or other personal details could lead to identity theft. Tell them to not pay any attention to calls threatening them to disconnect a particular service or something else if they do not provide IDE details.
10.Tell them you don’t win a lottery online
Inform them that internet never rewards someone with money or property or anything else. Train them on basic scams and frauds and how they should avoid.