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  • Writer's pictureJada Poku

10 Ways to Keep the Elderly Safe Online

Updated: Feb 28, 2023

The internet can be a fantastic tool for staying connected with loved ones, learning new things, and remaining informed about the world around us. However, it can also be a dangerous place for older adults who may be less familiar with its workings. Here are the top 10 ways to keep the elderly safe on the internet.

Educate them on common scams

Older adults are often targeted by scammers who trick them into giving away personal information or money. It's essential to educate them about common scams, such as phishing emails, fake charities, and sweepstakes scams, so they can recognise them and avoid falling victim.

Use strong passwords

Strong passwords are essential for protecting personal information online. Encourage older adults to use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters in their passwords and to change them regularly.

Use anti-virus software

Anti-virus software can help protect against viruses and other malware that can steal personal information or damage the computer. Make sure older adults have anti-virus software installed on their computers and that it is kept up to date.

Use a firewall

A firewall can help block hackers from accessing personal information on the computer. Encourage older adults to use a firewall to protect their personal data.

Be careful what you click on

Older adults should be encouraged to be cautious when clicking on links, especially in emails or on social media sites. Scammers often use links to trick people into giving away personal information or downloading malware.

Limit personal information online

Encourage older adults to limit the personal information they share online. This can include their home address, phone number, and email address.

Use privacy settings

Many websites and social media platforms have privacy settings that can control who can see personal information. Encourage older adults to use these settings to limit the amount of personal information visible to others.

Use secure websites

When making purchases or providing personal information online, it's essential to use secure websites. Look for the "https" in the website address and a padlock icon in the browser to ensure the site is secure.

Be wary of unfamiliar people online

Like in the real world, it's essential to be careful around strangers online. Encourage older adults to be cautious when communicating with people they don't know and to never give away personal information to strangers.

Get help if they need it

Sometimes older adults may need help with using the internet or understanding how to stay safe online. Encourage them to ask for help if they need it, whether from family members, friends, or a computer professional.

By educating the older generation about common scams, encouraging them to use strong passwords and anti-virus software, and limiting the amount of personal information shared online, older adults can protect themselves from the dangers of the internet.

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