The internet is a vast resource. While it offers an abundance of information for people of all ages, it also presents dangerous traps. Too often, scammers target aging adults because they tend to have money and can be more trusting than younger generations.
Online scams are designed to take advantage of these vulnerabilities. Seniors often fall prey because they don’t recognize the extent of the dangers lurking online.

Use of Digital Technology in Retirement

The use of smartphones, tablets, and computers is increasing among older generations. These tools help seniors stay in touch with family and find entertainment such as movies or digital books. But the increased access to technology also increases the risk of a person falling victim to a cybercrime.

Protecting Your Loved One

If your aging family member or friend is using the internet regularly, it is essential that you be proactive.  Implement a few safety nets, such as:

  • Antivirus Software: Ensure that computers, tablets, and smartphones have current antivirus software installed. This helps reduce the risk of hackers or malware.
  • Trusted WiFi: Set up a secure WiFi connection at home so that the person doesn’t need to rely on public WiFi access at the library or local businesses.
  • Create Strong Passwords: All accounts, especially financial accounts, should be secured with strong passwords. These passwords should be at least 12 characters long with letters, numbers, and special characters. Warn the person against storing written copies of these passwords in a place where caregivers might access the information. Consider using a password keeper such as Roboform or 1Password.
  • Have a Conversation: Prevention is always the best solution. Talk to your loved one in advance about the potential risk of sharing personal information online. This conversation can be critical in opening their awareness. In turn, the person will be more guarded when looking at various websites.

Seniors deserve an extra level of proactive care to help ensure their safety. If you have questions about avoiding online scams, contact us any time: Email or call 858-480-7551. Senior Safe and Sound.
This information is intended to inform the public at large about this important issue. It is not intended to serve as legal advice.