Online Safety Tips for Older Adults
Going online lets you keep learning, connect with friends and family and play games.
Just as you fasten your seat belt before driving, take precautions before using the
Internet to be sure you are safe and secure.
The first step is to STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Take safety measures, think about the consequences of your
actions and connect knowing you have taken steps to safeguard yourself when online.
PERSONAL INFORMATION IS LIKE MONEY. VALUE IT. PROTECT IT.
- Lock your devices, like your tablet and phone: You lock the front door to your house,
And you should do the same with your devices. Use strong passwords to lock your
Tablet and phone. Securing your devices keeps prying eyes out and can help protect
Your information in case your devices are lost or stolen.
- Think before you act: Ignore emails or communications that create a sense of urgency
And require you to respond to a crisis, such as a problem with your bank account or
Taxes. This type of message is likely a scam.
- When in doubt, throw it out: Clicking on links in emails is often how bad guys get
Access to personal information. If an email looks weird, even if you know the person
Who sent it, it’s best to delete.
- Make passwords strong: A strong password is a sentence that is at least 12
Characters long. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about
And are easy to remember (for example, “I love country music.”). On many sites, you
Can even use spaces!
- Write it down and keep it safe: Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s
Stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer.
SHARE WITH CARE
- What you post will last forever: Be aware that when you post a picture or message
Online, you may also be inadvertently sharing personal details with strangers about
Yourself and family members – like where you live.
- Post only about others as you would like to have them post about you: The golden
Rule applies online as well.
- Own your online presence: It’s OK to limit who can see your information and what
You share. Learn about and use privacy and security settings on your favourite