Tips to Keep Seniors Safe Online

July 4th, 2017 by John Wilson

Today, it isn’t just young people who are making use of the Internet. Even seniors using assisted living services are jumping online to gather information and participate in the many activities available. Unfortunately, because of the world in which they grew up, it is more common for seniors to fall victim to scams and similar issues. The following tips will ensure the elderly stay safe while online.

Use Safe, Unique Passwords

Memory issues are common among the aging, even if they don’t suffer from a debilitating condition like Alzheimer’s. This can lead them to choose simple passwords that are easy for them to remember. Unfortunately, this puts them at a much higher risk of their accounts being compromised. Instead, for the sake of senior safety, encourage them to choose longer, more complex passwords, even if it means writing them down and keeping them in a safe place. Teach them to use both upper and lowercase letters, as well as symbols, for the greatest security.

Secure passwords are important for senior safety.

Senior safety includes selecting secure passwords.

Protect Private Information

Seniors enjoy sharing about their lives with just about anyone who will listen. While this isn’t usually an issue, it can be when you’re dealing with the Internet. Assisted living for seniors in Oklahoma encourage residents to socialize and take part in activities on their campuses. However, it’s important to talk to seniors about oversharing online. It can be good for seniors to interact with others online as long as they don’t provide too much personal information that can be used to steal their identity, a situation that can lead to even larger problems.

Delete Unsolicited Emails

There are many scams that target seniors through their email accounts. Many of these phishing emails look like they legitimately come from a company your loved one may use and trust, even upon close inspection. It’s easy for seniors to fall victim and enter important account or personal information without giving it a second thought. Talk to your senior loved one about deleting these emails and going directly to the website in question to log in and inquire about the email. Legitimate issues will also be found on the website without having to click anything in an email.

Don’t Meet Up Alone

Predators online aren’t just targeting the young and naive. They may also target lonely seniors who are looking to connect with others. Talking to individuals online can make you feel comfortable, even if you don’t hear or see them. This can lead seniors to trust the person and agree to meet. If your senior loved one wants to meet someone in person, encourage them to take you along and to meet in a public place for their own protection.

Senior safety is everyone’s responsibility, from assisted living services to family and friends. Because more seniors are turning to the Internet for social interaction and information, it’s important to teach them how to be safe in their interactions. With these tips and others, you can help keep your aging loved one safe online.

If you are looking for an assisted living facility that encourages the use of technology, contact us. At Village at Oakwood, we put senior safety as one of our top priorities, both online and on campus.

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