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Protect Yourself Online: How to Stay Vigilant Against Scammers

As we become more reliant on the internet for everyday activities like shopping, banking, and communication, it's important to be aware of the potential risks and dangers that come with online activity. Scammers are always looking for new ways to trick people into giving away personal information or money, and seniors can be particularly vulnerable to these scams. Here are some tips on how to stay vigilant against online scams and protect yourself. Beware of suspicious emails or messages. Scammers often use email, social media, or messaging apps to reach out to potential victims. Be wary of any messages that seem too good to be true or that ask for personal information like your bank account number or social security number. Don't click on links or download attachments from unknown sources, and be suspicious of any messages that use urgent or threatening language. Keep your personal information private. Be cautious about sharing personal information online, such as your full name, address, phone number, or date of birth. Only share this information on secure websites or with trusted sources. Check the privacy settings on your social media accounts and limit the information that is visible to the public. Use strong passwords and two-factor authentication. Use different passwords for different accounts and make sure they are strong and difficult to guess. Consider using a password manager to keep track of your passwords. Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security by requiring a second form of verification, such as a text message or fingerprint, before accessing your account. Stay up-to-date with security updates and software patches. Make sure your computer and mobile devices are running the latest software and security updates. These updates often include fixes for known vulnerabilities that could be exploited by scammers or hackers. Trust your instincts. If something seems suspicious or too good to be true, it probably is. Don't be afraid to ask for help or advice from a trusted family member, friend, or professional. By following these simple steps, you can protect yourself from online scams and enjoy the benefits of the internet safely and securely. Remember, scammers are always looking for new ways to trick people, so stay vigilant and be cautious when sharing personal information or responding to messages from unknown sources.

DanielFriend on 22/3/23
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