In this article, BeSecureOnline disucsses E-Safety for senior citizens online.
Just like young internet and mobile users, seniors citizens deserve to stay safe online. Afterall, it’s not just the younger generations using the internet and online services.
The majority of seniors in developed countries use the internet to access critical services such as healthcare, stay in touch with family, browse news, stay active in the workforce and even earn a living or conduct business. Additionally, seniors are active users on shopping and payment sites, dating and matrimonial services as well as social media.
This guide carries useful internet safety information, rules and internet security tips for seniors helping to ensure they do not fall prey to email scams, phishing, malpractices and fraudulent people.
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Online services are the quickest and cheapest modes of staying in touch with friends and family no matter where they are in the world. According to one study, 56% seniors who use the internet use it to access Facebook. They also use video conferencing via services such as Skype or Facebook Messenger.
Do not post randomly:
There are many types of scams floating around on the internet. The following are some commonly encountered online scamming practices.
Seniors love to network and organize and schedule social activities online. Whether it is a common cause, hobbies, romance or political activism, online forums and groups are a popular way to interact with like-minded people.
The internet is a great way to share opinions, debate and participate in discussions. Some precautions however must be observed by seniors.
Respect all views and avoid swearing and calling names.
Learn to detect fake claims and facts:
Many people intend to spread lies and malice related to popular figures and celebrities, and some may even do so without knowing so.
In case of doubt:
Do a background research on any disturbing claim or fact.
Online shopping also has its fair share of risks. Just like younger generations, seniors go online to buy items that would be difficult to find nearby. Buying online requires use of cards and banking services, another convenience associated with the internet.
The internet can be a great source for health and fitness related information, including websites that offer guidance on medical conditions, treatments and forums to seek advice.
While there are reputed healthcare website such as Mayo Clinic and government managed portals, some sites are there only to sell medicines and should be used carefully. Care must also be taken while acting on any tip or medical advice found online.
It is prudent to avoid making a self diagnosis based on information found online. Many sites carry information that hasn’t been checked by medical professionals. Consulting a qualified professional is therefore necessary. Do not share personal or health data on any site or mobile app that is not authentic. Sites like ConnectSafely.org/seniors offer a list of popular medical sites.
Similar care should be taken for sites related to food, exercise and recipes. Videos are a great platform but be sure to consult with a qualified professional before following advice or exercise routines. ConnectSafely.org/seniors also contains useful fitness and food sites.
Seniors often have to interact with government agencies, and the internet makes it extremely convenient. Some precautions are however necessary to avoid falling a victim to a scam.
Seniors may sometimes need help from a family member, caretaker or advisor when dealing with taxes, legal issues or house related matters. Such caretakers may have access to the senior’s accounts with banks, healthcare institutions and other websites. Such access requires legal authorization or a power of attorney.
Only authorized trusted persons are allowed to access your accounts. Seek legal help and refer to government websites to make sure authorization is done correctly. In all circumstances, do not freely give access to your accounts on social networking, medical sites, or financial accounts to anyone, including family members.
Government Research in the UK indicates that 70% of active seniors are online regularly. Booking flights, banking, shopping and keeping in touch is vitally important to our senior citizens as they become less mobile. Unfortunately our senior’s are twice as vulnerable online as criminals actively target them.
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