Seniors, along with every other age group, are embracing technology at an incredible rate. Today, 59% of seniors report that they use computers and the internet. It is no secret that significant dangers exist on the internet for everyone. June is National Internet Safety Month and throughout the month, private organizations and government agencies work together to raise awareness about internet safety and security for all ages.
With a multitude of scams and schemes out there, it can be extremely difficult to tell what is true and what isn’t. To help you out, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
-Avoid anything that offers a “free” gift, prize, vacation, or says “You’re a winner.”
-Avoid “discounted” prescriptions, medication, or other “can’t miss” and “last chance” deals.
-Avoid emails from people you do not know. Even if you do know the person, be suspicious if the email is written in a different style than usual, has numerous misspellings, or seems unusual. This may be an indication that their email account has been hacked.
-Never download any photos, videos, or other files from people you do not know. This is a common way to infect your computer with a virus, which could allow hackers to access your personal files and information.
-Never give any of your personal information online. Regardless of who it appears to be from, never respond to emails stating “Your account will be closed…”
-Some common scams are emails pleading for money to help victims of disasters, terminal illness, or people lost in foreign countries needing money to return home. These are almost certainly scams.
-If you suspect that you have received or fallen victim to an internet scam, contact the state Attorney General’s office right away.
So, whether you are surfing the internet, emailing with an old friend, or using your computer to show-off pictures of your grandchildren, remember these tips and help spread the word about internet safety.
Computers and the internet are amazing tools that, when used cautiously, help us to be more socially connected and make our everyday lives easier. So, this June, help spread the word about internet safety. The more informed we are, the safer we will all be!
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