Are you helping to maintain and secure a computer for your aging parent? Do you find yourself spending lots and lots of time explaining why NOT to click on a button or an update screen, even when windows seem to swoop in and personally invite a user to click (or worse download)? Here is an explanation that just may help an aging senior understand, concretely, what’s going on.
Brian Krebs, over at the blog Krebs on Security, has posted 3 Basic Rules for Online Security. From his perspective, and I agree, just about everything can be distilled into the three broad guidelines listed below (or head on over to his post to read more detailed explanations). Remind family members to keep these three things in mind, day in and day out. when they are using computers.
- If you didn’t go looking for it, don’t install it
- If you installed it, update it (magazines, anti-virus programs, etc.)
- If you no longer need it, remove it.