Online Buzz: 4 Online Safety Tips for Older Adults

Senior women using computer

Every year, thousands of seniors join the ranks of those exploring the Internet to chat with grandchildren, view family reunion photos and handle personal finances. But with every online interaction comes a risk: Savvy Internet thieves are eager to steal from unsuspecting senior citizens.

Common Internet thievery includes:

Phishing—Con artists send fake emails inviting online users to visit a reputable-looking site for insurance companies, banks, etc. Email recipients click on a link to a replica of an authentic website and log in to a personal account, disclosing their user name and password. The cyber phishers then use this information to visit the real website and steal the person's stored personal or financial data.

Scams—Web crooks pose as a person in need of help or offer the senior a financial profit for essentially nothing in return. Lottery scams claim the online user has won a valuable prize, redeemable with a minimal fee.

Read tips for protecting seniors from these scams on the Right at Home blog, where you will always find the latest information on senior safety and home care.

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