Seniors Surfing Safely
Thanks to today’s technological advances and the relative ease of getting online, we are able to learn new things instantly, check for random weather changes, re-connect with old friends, and check our bank account statements all in the comfort of our own homes.
For many seniors, avoiding the computer isn’t an option and they don’t seem bothered with the technical details of a computer. They dive right in to master tasks such as saving and printing a document, receiving an email and browsing the World Wide Web. Seniors have discovered that this ‘new’ technology is able to enhance and simplify their lives.
Be Aware of Online Fraud and Scams
These days not only do seniors do their banking and manage their finances on the net, play games and make purchases, some have become bolder and have searched for a potential mate online. There are plenty of online dating services geared specifically towards senior citizens.
But what about seniors who are newbies to or wary of the online experience? After all, seniors didn’t grow up with this technology and aren’t fully aware of online scams, fraud, identity theft and spam that will soon be a part of their lives.
Seniors many times aren’t aware of the fact that you shouldn’t be giving out your home phone number and street address to just anyone you encounter online. For seniors it may seem as harmless as giving a business card to someone, but on the Internet it can come with unpleasant consequences. Be wary of email offers of free gifts, free getaways and discount prescriptions.