While more and more seniors have come accustomed to using technology, many have very little clue when it comes to technology safety.   While the learning curve has shrunk for seniors recently, many don’t have a clue on how to keep their technology safe when it comes to cyber-attacks, viruses and other problems that can occur to technology devices.   Here is a list of 5 technology safety tips for seniors that can help them when they are working with unfamiliar devices.

technology-safety-for-seniorsAvoid Phishing Scams:  We recommend learning about online phishing and “cat fishing” scams that have become common place all over the Internet.  Many organizations and individuals have robbed unsuspecting seniors of money through unsolicited e-mails and by gathering their information via the Internet.  Many e-mail providers now have spam detectors and other things that can notify people of illegal activity.  We recommend signing up for a large e-mail provider such as Google mail.

Watch Your Passwords:  With all of the various passwords that are required on sites around the Internet, it is often confusing to seniors to keep track of all of these different passwords.  Also, many sites will require different things such as a capital letter, a special character or something else.    We advise to keep track of all passwords separate from your computer on something such as scratch paper or a notebook.   Keeping these passwords anywhere on your PC is not a good idea, as hackers will sometimes be able to hack into your computer and find these passwords.

Be Careful of Wi-Fi:  Many seniors will randomly use their iPhone, laptop or any type of wireless device almost anywhere they go with no thought as to what type of network that they are on.  In fact many of them don’t realize what a network is or is that there are different types of networks available.  As a rule of thumb, we suggest don’t log into any Wi-Fi network that is not a place of business or someone that you trust 100%.  If you find any weird names on Wi-Fi networks that you are trying to log in to, it is best advice to avoid these networks and find one that is more secure.

Get a good Anti-virus program:  Malware and viruses can be very confusion for seniors, especially those who are new to using PCs on a regular basis.  Many seniors only know the basics of a computer such as logging into a web browser and pulling up their favorite websites.   When a computer is vulnerable to viruses and malware, it will often cause many problems that a senior will have no clue on how to fix.  The best advice we can get is to purchase an anti-virus program such as Kaspersky Anti-Virus or McAfee Anti-Virus.

Take a Computer Class: Learning the ins and outs of a computer is the best way to understand how it ticks and how to fix things when there are problems.   Many senior nursing homes and long term care facilities are now offering computer classes for seniors as an incentive to join their organization.

SeniorTV is the leader in senior technology as we have installed private cable, Internet and other advanced technologies throughout facilities in America.  If you are new to technology, please follow these technology safety tips for seniors to help you avoid any problems.