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Older Adults Face a Greater Cyber Threat

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Protect Them Online with these Tips from Senior Care Professionals

Using the Internet SecurelyThe Internet has made life easier for all of us in many ways. You can buy movie tickets online, conduct your banking, set travel plans, and bridge the distance with family using video chat applications like Skype. However, with the rising use of the Internet comes the increased number of cyber criminals and instances of identity theft. Imposters and criminals stop at nothing to get what they want. Vulnerable seniors are often the ones to pay the price.

Senior citizens stand to be defrauded at a higher rate than their younger counterparts. There are a variety of steps you can take to keep your elderly parent safe while they continue to enjoy the online world. At Home Instead Senior Care Hamilton, we understand both the dangers and the joy that Internet services can bring into your parent’s life. Follow our tips to keep your senior family member safe online.

6 Suggestions to Keep Your Parent Safe on the Internet

Senior family members are less likely to upgrade their software, change their passwords often, or even remember them for that matter. Help them ensure online safety with these tips from our team of senior care professionals:

  1. Choose secure passwords: The best way to protect seniors online is by helping them choose strong passwords. Show them how to create one with three random words, numbers, a combination of both, special characters or punctuation marks. The password should be easy for your senior to remember but hard for strangers to guess.
  2. Change passwords frequently: Make sure your mom or dad changes their password on a frequent basis on every site they use regularly.
  3. Create a different password for every site: While it is more convenient to have one password for every website or social media platform they visit, it becomes easier for a cybercriminal to access all their sites if they get a hold of that password. Create a different one for every site.
  4. Update apps and install the latest software: Companies are continually striving to keep their customers safe. These upgrades hold critical security information to protect computers and other devices. Always update apps and install the latest software.
  5. Avoid sensitive information on public Wi-Fi networks: When you use a public Wi-Fi network, you are at risk for hackers to strike and obtain private information. Transfer data on private and secure Wi-Fi networks as far as possible.
  6. Be vigilant about websites: Sites that end in (government), .org (established institutions) or .edu (education) are trustworthy and reliable. During online shopping, banking, or personal information updates it is important to look for the https:// and a small padlock in the corner of the address bar. This will help ensure that your mom, dad or grandparent is on the right website.

Just practicing these simple suggestions can go a long way in keeping your senior loved one safe while surfing the Internet. There is no need to be fearful about the online world if you take a proactive approach to cybersecurity. At Home Instead Senior Care, we serve you and your loved ones with compassionate and personalized home care. You can count on our professional caregivers to provide not just companionship, but also support with daily activities, routine exercise and nutrition tips. We can also assist seniors with using new learning tools to make sure they enjoy life to the fullest at every stage.

Call us at (905) 521-5500 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in the Hamilton area.


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