January 5th, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
The popularity of the internet leads to many opportunities, and serious risks. These risks can be more potent for seniors who did not grow up with this technology. We have found they are more likely to visit a website that is unsafe, or give out their personal information to an unknown source. We believe the key is for seniors to take precautions so they remain safe.
Unsecured websites present a danger for seniors, and we have seen this result in identity theft. Personal details such as banking information, telephone numbers and home addresses should never be given to an unsecure website. We have shown numerous seniors how to detect an unsecure site by looking at the address of the website. If a website starts with HTTPS, many seniors remain unaware the S stands for secure. We explain to seniors the dangers of entering their information on an unsecure site, and teach them how this will help prevent identity theft. Seniors should be able to shop, look up information and have fun on the internet, but it is critical they do so safely.
Passwords and Antivirus Software
We feel seniors must be aware a computer without antivirus software is dangerous. Not only can Trojans and viruses destroy the computer, some are capable of stealing information. Some computers and tablets come equipped with antivirus software, but this protection must be extended so seniors remain protects form the constant attack of new threats. We recommend antivirus software with a proven history, not something that was just released for the first time. The passwords are just as important for seniors and we advise using a completely unique user name and password. We have found although using the same password for everything may be convenient, it is not secure. If a hacker discovers the password, they will be able to infiltrate every single account the senior has. A different password should be used for each account, and contain a minimum of eight letters, lowercase and uppercase letters, symbols and numbers to be truly secure. This information can be kept in a secure notebook so the senior will be able to access their accounts.
Seniors must be made aware of email scams, and not respond when asked for private information. Emails often contain links leading the senior to a site where information can be stolen along with their identity.
The best possible solution for exceptional senior care is to contact Loved Ones for at home care as soon as possible. There is nothing more important than protecting seniors and making certain they receive proper senior care.