You Should Know - Seniors

Set Passwords - Guard access to your computer and email account with strong passwords. Make them long (phrases or sentences) that mix uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Avoid using the same password everywhere because if it is stolen, all the accounts it protects are at risk. Change your passwords every so often.

Watch out for Scams and Fraud - Look out for surprise messages that ask you to send money to your "grandchild," or help a distant stranger "transfer funds." Other clues that suggest non legitimate solicitations include notices of account closure, misspellings, and grammatical errors. You may receive an urgent email message that appears to be from your bank or other trusted organisation, like a favorite charity. It may ask for your password, financial info, or other sensitive data in the email, or direct you to give it to a counterfeit website or phone number. Do not reply but phone the organisation directly to confirm if the request is legitimate.

Don't click the link -  Be cautious about clicking links to pop up messages, ads, videos or opening photos, songs, or other files — even if you know the sender. Don't be tricked into downloading anything free as well, as these all could contain a virus. Instead, contact the company or individual using info you find yourself and confirm with the sender that the message is authentic.

E-Mail is not Necessarily Private. Be careful what you put in email, especially credit card numbers. It's as insecure as a postcard. If you are making a financial transaction, look for signs that a web page and payment applications are secure. Look for a web address with https ("s" stands for secure) and a closed padlock beside it.

Use social networks more safely - When using a social network website like Facebook or posting opinions on your own webpages (blogging), consider that some sites automatically make what you post open to anyone on the Internet. Look for Settings or Options to manage who can see your profile, photos, and friends and how to block unwanted access. Don't post anything — especially sensitive information like your address or birth date . Use caution when sharing feelings — whether you are happy, sad, angry, or have money worries— because predators may exploit your emotions.

Help your computer help you - Keep all software (including your web browser) current with automatic updating. Install legitimate antivirus and antispyware software. Never turn off your firewall. Protect your wireless router with a password, and use flash drives cautiously.

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