The vast majority of seniors today are using the internet at least once a week to check email, pay bills online and keep in touch via social media. But all that time online puts them at risk for scams and hacks, such as tax fraud.In fact, a survey by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, found that 66 percent of surveyed older adults have been the victim of an online scam or hack.Encouraging seniors to practice cyber security can go a long way toward protecting their identity and sensitive financial information. Home Instead created Protect Seniors Online, available at
www.ProtectSeniorsOnline.ca, a free resource that educates older adults about cybersecurity. Here, seniors can test their cybersecurity skills with the
“Can You Spot an Online Scam?” quiz.Older adults can take the following steps now to protect themselves online:
To explore additional Protect Seniors Online resources, including the interactive quiz, visit
www.ProtectSeniorsOnline.ca or find a Home Instead office near you at
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