Technology changes at a rapid pace, and it can be hard for people of any age to keep up. More and more seniors are embracing the digital age as it offers many benefits such as keeping in touch with family, connecting with others, and shopping from the convenience of their homes. Unfortunately, with the increased numbers of senior citizens online comes the increased number of people looking to scam and take advantage of them. The following are some simple ways to improve cybersecurity for senior citizens.
One way to ensure internet safety is to only visit, share information with, and communicate with people and websites you know or that are reputable. The Department of Homeland Security reminds us that most banks, charities, companies, etc. do not ask for personal information over email, so do not reply to emails requesting personal information. Some other guidelines include:
The Center for Internet Security suggests that you keep your security software, web browser, and operating system updated to the latest version on your computer. Here are some other protection tips:
Many of our locations have a computer center, so you won’t need to worry about maintaining your own computer if you don’t want to!
Online dating is an excellent way to meet new people, but it’s also another way scammers are taking advantage of senior citizens. Here are some ways to safely date online:
Following these tips and using common sense while enjoying your online experience will help keep you and your information safe. One of the most important things to remember is that the internet is forever, so if you don’t want something shared, keep it offline. We’re happy to help with any questions you may have. To speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members, click here today.
*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living