Technology is an inextricable part of our lives. Adopting technology isn’t easy for older adults. Thanks to resources like senior centers, electronics retailers like Best Buy or the Apple Store, and the internet itself, adapting to new technology has never been easier. But with technology comes issues with privacy. This post discusses the ways to guard your privacy and personal information while online.
Managing Your Passwords
Everyone has a problem managing their passwords at some point because most websites require a login. It is tempting to use the same passwords over and over again. But it is much safer to use unique ones. Experts recommend using a passphrase that is easy for you to remember without using spaces for each website you use. An example is “Ilovechocolate”. But managing multiple passcodes hard. You can also keep track of passwords in a notebook and keep them in a safe place. Make sure to keep it up to date and organized for easy reference.
How to Avoid Scams
The online world is rife with scams, and it’s easy to be taken in by one. Think twice before responding to emails, calls, or texts that mention a crisis of some kind, your banking information, or your taxes. These are common scams designed to elicit money from unsuspecting people. The same is true for strange emails that may pop up in your inbox with links for you to click on. Delete them to keep your passwords and other information safe.
Protect Your Devices
Make sure all the devices you use are password protected. You should also become familiar with how to erase your phone or tablet, just in case it gets lost. If you have a desktop or laptop computer, it should have security software and a firewall on it. Your internet or mobile phone provider can help you set these things up, or a friend or family member may be willing to provide some senior home help.
Just like with managing privacy online, seniors sometimes need assistance managing their life at home. Seniors in Orange County or Newport Beach turn to Optimal Senior Care Solutions for assistance. Our senior care experts will be happy to find a solution that works for you. Reach out to us today!