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In This Article You’ll Uncover Our Best 10 Cybersecurity Tips for Seniors

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10 quick Cybersecurity Tips to Keep Seniors Safer Online

  1. Don’t give out your personal information, such as birthday, age, address, phone number, bank account and insurance policy numbers, to sources you don’t trust.
  2. Make sure the URL of any websites you visit begins with HTTPS (instead of HTTP), which means the page is more secure. Never type passwords or other personal information unless you see the HTTPS.
  3. Only shop on websites and that have been certified by an Internet trust organization. To find a list of trust organizations and their symbols to look for, visit truste.com.
  4. Avoid visiting websites that require you to enter a password or personal information when using an insecure Internet (or public) network. For example, don’t visit your online banking website while using free wireless Internet service at restaurants, hotels, libraries or coffee shops.Many convenience websites like banks and retailers require a user name and password.
  5. Try to set passwords that are more difficult for a stranger to detect such as one that includes a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters like & or @.
  6. Never use personal information such as birthday or social security number for your password, and avoid using the same password for multiple websites.
  7. Be sure to enable the passcode on your laptop and mobile phone home screens in case they are lost or stolen.When browsing the Internet on your mobile phone, enable private browsing for added security. Turn off your wifi setting when the wireless connection is not secure.
  8. Don’t store any personal information on your mobile device unless in applications that are password protected.Just as you wouldn’t invite strangers into your home, be careful who to give access to your personal information online.
  9. Don’t accept social media friend requests (Facebook, LinkedIn) from people you don’t know. And don’t open emails from return addresses you don’t recognize. Nor should you respond to text messages from phone numbers you don’t recognize.
  10. Don’t give out your personal information on applications you download to your mobile device. Never give out your credit card number or bank account to an individual app.
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