In today’s society, it is hard to avoid the Internet. The World Wide Web makes it easier to watch bank accounts, shop for groceries, buy gifts, and keep up with family via email or social media. Many people book their vacations, partake of online gambling, or watch movies on the Net. Unfortunately, for all the good the Internet can bring, there are still those who would bring harm to the unsuspecting, including senior citizens.
Whether you are a caregiver worried about your aging parent or a senior citizen, keeping safe online is possible when you know how to be cautious. All it takes is some common sense and the willingness to stay on top of things. At Home Instead Senior Care, we understand that the elderly are often taken advantage of by opportunistic criminals. Our caregivers provide a variety of non medical home care services that help keep the aged safe and living independently in their home.
According to a survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc., many seniors are susceptible to cyber-attacks. For example, only 32% of seniors are very confident in their Internet engagement abilities. About 1 in 5 do not use anti-virus software, and 68% are lax on their use of passwords. Approximately 11% have had negative experiences on social media sites. You can take several steps to use the Internet safely. Here are just a few:
No one wants to be a victim of scams. If you are worried about your parent’s online safety, having some extra support from a caring and highly-trained caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care Mississauga can ease your mind. Our staff is ready to help your loved one stay safe when on the Internet. We also offer customized plans to give them the attention needed in your absence.
Call us at (905) 276-2273 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care services we deliver each day to families in our Mississauga community.
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