Cybersecurity for Seniors
As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, it is increasingly important for everyone, especially seniors, to navigate the internet safely. Whether you're connecting with loved ones, managing finances, or simply exploring the internet, online security is essential. This page helps seniors to protect themselves from online threats, scams, and privacy invasions.
Please note: The cyber safety advice provided on this website is intended to be informative and helpful, but it is not a substitute for professional advice or guidance. We make every effort to provide accurate and up-to-date information, but we cannot guarantee the completeness or accuracy of the content. The advice given on this website is provided to the best of our abilities, and we are not liable for any damages or losses that may result from its use. It is always recommended to consult with a qualified expert in the field for personalized advice and guidance on cyber safety.
4 Tips to Stay Safe
Use Long Unique Passwords
For every website, especially ones with financial or personal information like bank websites or social media, use a long unique password. The best passwords are pass-phrases, which are a combination of 4 or more words. For example "FastTurtleBitSeaweed1!" or "SomberMusicInThePool1!" would be good (but don't use these; come up with your own).
Beware of Phishing Scams
Phishing scams are a type of online scam where cyber criminals try to trick you into giving them your personal or financial information, by pretending to be an organization, family member, or person needing help. They often use email, phone calls, or text messages. These attacks can be very sophisticated, so always use caution and verify that the source is trustworthy, such as by checking the email address or phone number is correct.
Beware of Social Media Scams
Social media platforms can be a hotbed for scams, often disguised as contests, special deals, or even fake friends. Be cautious of clicking on links from sources you don't recognize or trust, and never share personal or financial information through social media platforms. Review and adjust your privacy settings to control who can see your posts and personal information.
Don't Click on Pop-up Ads
Pop-up ads can be a source of malware, which is software designed to damage or give unauthorized access to your computer. As a rule, avoid clicking on pop-up ads, especially those that claim your device has a virus or that offer too-good-to-be-true deals.