Older Americans Month

 

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The 1st of May 2017 marked the beginning of a month long cyber campaign geared toward educating “Older Americans” 65 years of age and older. These individuals have been utilizing mobile phones, tablets and other electronic devices to stay connected in cyberspace and communicate with family and friends. While connectivity on-line has many benefits, it can also present many challenges and risks for individuals that are over 65 years of age. We can all be good online citizens by educating everyone we know, especially those that are 65 years of age and older about the importance of cybersecurity and staying safe online.

Stay Informed and Remember:

  • Choose a password that means something to you and you only; use strong passwords with 8-12 characters or more that are a combination of numbers, letters, and symbols.

  • Never write your password down and/or tape it to your computer!

  • Keep your mobile devices in your possession at all times and always be aware of your surroundings.

  • If you use social networking sites such as Facebook, be sure to limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.

  • Most businesses or organizations don’t ask for your personal information over the phone of via email. Beware of any requests to update or confirm your personal information.

  • Avoid opening attachments, clicking on links, or responding to email messages from unknown senders or companies that ask for your personal information.

  • Install and regularly update the security programs on your computer, such as antivirus. These programs can help to protect the information on your computer, and can easily be purchased from software companies or at your local office supply stores.

  • Beware of “free” gifts or prizes. If something seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

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The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is Our Shared Responsibility. You can get additional tips and hints on how to remain safe on-line and educating Older Americans by visiting: http://www.staysafeonline.org

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