Internet Safety Tips for Seniors

Posted by Mike McQuinn on December 20, 2013 | no comments

cautionThe Internet can be very unsafe no matter what age and elderly are beginning to use the Internet more and more everyday. Most retirement communities have computer rooms for the residents to connect with others and stay entertained. The Internet is a very valuable tool, but if you do not use it properly it can pose many risks. In this post, I will give several tips on how to keep your information and computer secure, through several simple steps.

Familiarize yourself with the Internet

Just like any tool you would use, it is important to do some research and become familiar with that tool. The Internet is the same way. It is important to look around and become an expert. That way if you see something out of the ordinary, you know that you should not be messing with it. You can also tell the good websites from the bad ones. This can ensure that you do not get a virus by going to a website that you shouldn’t have been on.

Do not give out personal information

Try not to give out personal information over the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to, credit card information, bank accounts, social security numbers, etc. If the wrong person gets ahold of this information, someone could steal money from you or even steal your identity. If it does not make sense as to why someone is asking for this information, then do not give it out! If something feels at all wrong and you have to think twice about it, it is not okay to give that information away. In addition to this, when you are purchasing something online, make sure you are one a secure site and your information will not be compromised. This is where researching the Internet can come in hand. You will be able to tell who not to give information to.

Be wary of e-mails

Many people try and scam others by sending fake e-mails to try and get you to respond with sending them money, giving out information that you shouldn’t be, or sending links to a potential virus for your computer. It is not hard for these scammers to seem to be from a reputable source. For example, some people will send you an e-mail from a popular website asking you to reset a password, but in order to do that they will need your personal information. That is never the case! A company will never ask for your personal information through e-mail and especially not to reset your password. Another common scam is an e-mail that one offers you a sum of money, but in order to give you the money they will need your bank account information. This is also a scam! There are so many other examples of false e-mails, so do some research and look at some more common scam e-mails one can receive, so you do not get fooled by it.

Be careful about downloads

In addition to people trying to steal from you, another danger is getting a computer virus. The virus will pop up in a different place, so you will want to be careful about what you are downloading and putting on your computer. Before you download something, make sure it is from a trusted source. If you get a bad virus, it can destroy your entire computer. It is wise to get some sort of anti-virus software to decrease this risk a lot more.

The best way to stay safe from the dangers of the Internet is to get educated, but remember the Internet is not something to avoid. It is very useful to stay in touch with friends and family as well as socializing and much more! Just subscribe to magazines or check out books from the library for more information and be sure to pass on this knowledge to your friends and family.

If you would like to learn more information about computer rooms in assisted living homes, contact The Manor on Marston Lake at (303) 932-9808 today!

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