There are stereotypes that seniors aren’t good with technology. But just because the aging generations didn’t have smartphones in their early years doesn’t mean that people can’t learn how to use technology.
The truth is that many seniors are proactive about using technology, especially since the pandemic started in early 2020. As a result, people are being more creative about connecting with friends and family from a distance.
Technology Tips for Seniors
Seniors between the ages of 65 and 74 had an 83% increase in the use of the internet in 2019. While it’s great to use the internet for information and connection, it’s critical for seniors (and people of all ages) to practice good online safety techniques.
If you are a senior, or you have an aging family member you would like to help with technology, then consider these tips to ensure safety and prevent fraud and abuse:
- Password Strength: Be proactive about using different passwords for each website, with a variety of numbers, letters and special characters. If a senior has a hard time remembering the password, then set up a password management tool, such as LastPass or RoboForm.
- Watch for Online Scams: Teach seniors to be watchful for signs of online scams, such as emails from people and organizations they don’t know.
- Don’t Share Personal Information: Be careful about oversharing on social media or any other website requesting information. Details such as credit card numbers, your Social Security number, address, and more are things that could put someone at risk for identity theft or fraud. Always verify the person or company identity before sharing passwords or private information.
- Account Monitoring: While online banking is convenient, it can also pose an issue if an unauthorized person gains access to the account. Make it a point to check bank statements periodically. Review transactions to identify any money that might be missing.
Proactively Protecting Our Seniors
Fraud and abuse are rampant, and the internet is often a tool that scammers use to target unsuspecting victims. Be proactive about protecting yourself and your loved ones by teaching safe internet usage practices.
This information is intended to inform the public at large about this important issue. It is not intended to serve as legal or medical advice.