CONNECT SAFELY SENIOR’S GUIDE TO ONLINE SAFETY
“Like all powerful tools, the Internet and mobile technologies come with some risks. These risks can be managed as long as you follow some basic rules of the road. So, for all the great things we cover in this guide, we also go over some precautions to help keep you safe.”
Older adults may use internet for a variety of reasons from keeping in touch with family and friends to online banking and shopping to medical care and sharing political views.
The Senior’s Guide to Online Safety lists important tips for how seniors can stay safe online, avoid identity theft, common senior scams and possible financial abuse when engaging in the following online activities:
- Communicating with friends and family.
- Emailing and avoiding scams such as the personal emergency scam, dating scam, infected computer scam, charity scam.
- Meeting new friends and romantic partners.
- Online shopping.
- Online banking.
- Booking travel.
- Health and wellbeing.
- Dealing with Medicare, Social Security and the IRS.
Some suggested staying safe online tips for seniors include:
- Using strong and unique passwords to prevent others from accessing your accounts and to prevent identity theft.
- Using privacy settings.
- Be aware of online dating scams and sending strangers money.
- Don’t send personal information to anyone claiming they are from Medicare, Social Security or the IRS.
- Don’t click on spam or links in email from banks, credit card companies, government agencies, or other organizations unless they are 100% legitimate otherwise by clicking the link fraudsters may be phishing for your personal information.
- Shop at reputable online retailers that start with http's' for security.
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