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Thursday October 03, 2019 Take a tip from Generation Z!!

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That is, anyone under 24 years old....

According to a recent survey for Get Safe Online Week, Gen Zs believe they are the most digitally responsible generation. And the majority (92%) have something they would like to teach older adults to help them stay safe online.

Here are the top lessons they want to share:

1) How to spot spam / scam emails.  If you don’t know the sender, be wary of opening. And if you spot spelling errors, urgent offer or cessation of service dates, there’s a virus warning or attachments such as exe. files, then you should definitely avoid and delete.

2) How not to fall for phone scams.  A bank or payment card company will never ask you to transfer money to an account that you do not recognise, so hang up immediately. Never provide financial or personal details to a caller, but call back on a number you know to be authentic. Many scammers have the ability to spoof authentic numbers to fool you into thinking that they are genuine.

3) How to make sure your social media profile is set to private.  Typically, after setting up a social media account, your profile is automatically open for the public to view. But there are some straightforward steps to switch settings to private. Use these features to restrict strangers’ access to your profile. And be guarded about who you let join your network.

4) The impact of oversharing on social media.  With more than three quarters (77%) of Gen Zs having felt embarrassed by something posted about them online, it’s good to pause before you publish. Also remember that social networks are a hot spot tool for identity thieves. Be wary of publishing any identifying information about yourself in your posts – such as phone numbers, pictures of your home, your address, birthday and even your geo location.

5) Create a strong password.  To create a strong password, simply choose three random words. Numbers, symbols and combinations of upper and lower case can be used if you feel you need to create a stronger password, or the account you are creating a password for requires more than just letters.