How Seniors Should Stay Safe when Browsing the Internet

The assumption that we all have is that the internet is for the young people. This is not true at all. Although America’s youth make ninety-six percent of internet users, seniors are catching up fast.

Fifty-eight percent of the nation’s seniors are online. The older folks seem to enjoy the internet a lot. About forty-eight percents of them are on Facebook.  

As the trend rises, scammers are increasing.  They know that many older people do not know much about privacy.  The Stanford Center on Longevity confirmed this fact.

It found that thirty-four percent of older people are likely to fund a financial scam. As well, the study found that people in their forties are less likely to fund a financial scam. Meanwhile, older people should increase their online safety via these tips.

  • Never read and believe everything on the internet

As you browse the internet, you will encounter liars, swindlers, scammers and hackers. First, they will create false products or services and use them as bait. To target older folks, they will promote useless health and fitness products.

Thus, a senior should first verify a website. For instance, they could check its domain authority online.

  • Avoid fake online dating sites

Internet dating sites provide a quicker and easier way to meet people. As old and single people are lonely, scammers will target them first. The internet site may be great. But, it might attract evil-minded people.

These will spot an older man or woman and profess love to them. After building trust, the fraudster will start asking for money. So, take dating slow on the internet.

  • Ignore a caller who wants to access your computer

Why would Microsoft send a man to remove a bug from your computer? If you haven’t called Microsoft, no one should pretend to be it. Do not give your computer password to anyone calling on the phone. If you do, you will lose your identity. As well, your PC might get an actual virus from the hacker.

  • Be aware of spam content

Scammers send spam via emails. It can be a message about contests, freebies, cheap products, easy money and so on.  Avoid spam content. If not, you will become a social engineering scam victim.

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