Internet Security for Seniors

Just like any other public environment, use of the internet requires caution and awareness. Just as you use home security to keep criminals out of your home, you need internet security to secure your internet usage. A lot of crimes today are facilitated through the internet so you need to be extra vigilant when browsing and especially if [unsolicited] you are asked for personal details. The major reason why online crime is on the rise today is because of its widespread use. Almost every home today has access to the internet. This makes it the best medium to conduct different crimes such as identity theft, hacking, and cyberbullying. This is why you need to protect yourself and other users from becoming a recipient of these online intrusions. Seniors can be more at risk for online crimes since they’re not always familiar with the internet and for this reason, internet security must be taken seriously. The internet is relatively new and, as such, everyone must be on high alert so as avert problems down the road. Here are some precautions you can take to decrease your chances of becoming an internet victim. Install a firewall Many Operating Systems come preloaded with firewalls to keep virus and banned [black listed] websites inaccessible to the user. Enabling a firewall is great defense since it completely blocks unsafe websites from being accessed. Consider the firewall to be the first line of defense from malicious attacks. Install an antivirus software Installing an antivirus software is essential to safeguarding your computer from a virus. Although it may not be enough for many ‘curious’ users, it can still offer a great deal of protection. Install Anti-spyware and Adware software It’s not only virus that can crash your computer. A lot of free floating programs like spyware and adware can put your computer out of action. An anti-spyware will make help to make sure that no spyware or adware can enter your computer – however at the end of the day there are no guarantees! Install internet browser protection An internet browser add-on with the capability of scanning any sites for spyware, spam, viruses, and exploits is another way to add extra protection to your browser. It acts as a sort of body scanner that gives an alarm when something is wrong. Any of the above may ward off attacks however installing all these programs is not going to guarantee 100% internet safety for seniors. The best advice would be to practice safe browsing, ie know who you are communicating with and NEVER give your personal information out unless you are 100% sure that the information is secure. By Kurt LaCount