Older people are getting scammed on the web, but their children don’t help them

- Adrian Ungureanu

Awareness is one thing. Taking action is another. Acording to a Kaspersky Lab survey, about 44% of Internet users admitted that their older relatives have suffered from online threats – including scams (15%), malware or viruses (15%) or being spied on by malicious software (13%).

However, despite the very real security threats posed to their senior family members, this worry isn’t necessarily translating into action and support. Only 34%of those we spoke to have installed a security solution on their older relatives’ devices and just 32% regularly educate them about online threats.A third(33%)have done nothing at all to help protect them,potentially increasing the risk of them inadvertently suffering a cybersecurity incident.

“Older Internet users are a vulnerable and highly lucrative target group for cybercriminals, putting them firmly in their sights for malware, spyware and email scams,”said Dmitry Aleshin, VP for Product Marketing, Kaspersky Lab.“The only way to combat these constantly evolving threats is through a combination of increased vigilance and the installation of effectivesecuritysoftware on all devices, including mobile ones.This will help keep on top of the security risks and protect senior family members against any nasty digital disturbances.”

With people today spending so much time online and cybersecurity risks continuing to become more prevalent, they need to make sure that they are protected from the latest cyber threats. One way to do this is through tools such as Kaspersky Total Security,which is a multifunctional solution that can protect every part of people’s digital lives and secure several devices at once. This allows family members to communicate with each other without having to worry about being compromised by malware or having their personal data fall into the wrong hands.Windows users can also get free protection from Kaspersky Free, which blocks dangerous files, websites and applications to protect their personal information.