Keeping Seniors Safe Online

In today’s society being an online savvy person is almost required to function. Having good cyber safety practices can go a long way toward protecting your identity and sensitive personal information. It’s nearly impossible to be perfectly secure, but you can do a lot to keep yourself from being a target. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, here are a few things you can do to help keep yourself safe online:

Passwords: It is important to create strong passwords that are at least 12 characters long, and are a mix of letters, numbers and symbols.

Access: Since passwords can be stolen, adding two-step authentication to secure your account provides a second layer of protection.

Think: If you receive emails that create a sense of urgency, such as a problem with your bank account or taxes, is probably a scam. Consider contacting the company directly, instead of following the directions in the message.

Delete: When unusual emails appear, consider deleting it without opening it. The links in malicious emails are how scammers get your information, so it’s best to delete them.

Posting: Did you know you can adjust your privacy settings on social media so that only certain people can see your postings? Be mindful of what you share publicly on social media sites like Facebook.

The internet is an incredible tool that makes our lives easier. Keeping yourself safe online will evoke peace of mind and help you accomplish the things you want to do in cyberspace.

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