- Here’s how people with disabilities can stay safe online
TIMESOFINDIA.COM / Nov 4, 2023, 08:12 IST
People with disabilities (PWDs) are increasingly being targeted by cyber attacks. Factors contributing to this include their use of assistive technologies, lack of awareness about cyber threats, and targeted phishing attacks. Scammers often pose as representatives and exploit PWDs’ vulnerabilities. To stay safe, PWDs should verify the recipient before sharing confidential information and be aware of different types of threats. They should avoid clicking on suspicious links or downloading applications from unknown sources. If victimized, PWDs should report the cyber attack. Organizations serving PWDs should also implement strong security measures, educate employees, and provide information to clients about cyber security.
Persons with disabilities (PWDs) are increasingly becoming targets of cyber attacks. This is likely due to a number of factors, including:
- PWDs may be more likely to use assistive technologies, which can be more vulnerable to attack.
- PWDs may be less likely to be aware of cyber security threats or to take steps to protect themselves.
- PWDs may be more likely to be targeted by phishing attacks, which can be tailored to exploit their specific needs or vulnerabilities.
Fraudulent individuals often pose as authorised representatives to scam people with disabilities. These scammers will call or email the
and ask for their personal information. Fraudsters often offer them promising opportunities such as a chance to work from home and make extra income.
Here are some tips which will help the
to remain safe from any online fraud.
Tips to keep in mind
- Before engaging with any unknown person or business online or over the phone make sure no confidential information is shared without confirming who is on the receiving end of any communication.
- Be aware about the different types of threats and learn to spot a scam.
- Call 1930 if you become a victim Don’t click on any suspicious links and attachments.
- Don’t download any application received through chats, email and
If you believe that you have been the victim of a cyber attack, you should report it to the appropriate authorities.
It is also important for organisations that serve PWDs to take steps to protect their clients from cyber attacks. These steps include:
* Implementing strong security measures on their websites and networks.
* Educating their employees about cyber security threats and how to protect against them.
* Providing their clients with information about cyber security and how to protect themselves.
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