The best gift for Mother’s Day is keeping your mum safe online

March 9, 2019 11:31 am Roisin Mooney

With the exception of Christmas, Mother’s Day is the most popular holiday when it comes to spending. For many of us, Mother’s Day is about showing our mums how much we love them. However, for the scammers, it’s just another day, but with bigger opportunities.

Whether you got your mum a phone, a tablet or she just wants to share her photos with her friends and family on her special day, you should remind her of the dangers of being online and how to stay safe in the face of cyber criminals.

With that in mind, here’s some tips to keep your mum safe online, not only on Mother’s Day but every day.

Don’t overshare

Of course, taking photos and posting online are deemed the norm, especially on Mother’s Day, but take a moment to consider if you are sharing too much. Are you out for a meal or a weekend away? If so, you don’t need to let people know where. You could be revealing too much information without even realising.

Data backup

If you do take lots of photos, and want them to stick around, remember to regularly back up your photos, videos and other documents, so if a problem occurs, your data will be safe.

Beware of suspicious emails

In the run up to Mother’s Day, people will tend to see a number of emails offering Mother’s Day discounts, or products targeted to mothers. Most of these emails will be harmless, especially when you have used that website before to buy a gift, and willingly provided your email address in the process. But not all will be what they seem. Be wary of emails that require an urgent response, such as a problem with your bank or thank you for a purchase you have not made.  Also, look out for suspicious links, poor grammar and generic greetings.

Browse safely

Look at the URL of the website. If it begins with “https” instead of “http” it means the site is secured using an SSL Certificate (the s stands for secure). SSL Certificates secure all your data as it is passed from your browser to the website’s server. To get an SSL Certificate, the company must go through a validation process so in simpler terms, this means it’s safe.