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7 Helpful Tips on How to Secure Your Information Online

Safeguarding personal information online is challenging to everyone, not only to seniors. Here are a few tips on how to protect your information online.

November 02, 2022 02:03PM


Seniors face many challenges when it comes to navigating the online world. From staying up-to-date with the latest technology to keeping their personal information secure, they often need a little extra help.. Luckily, there are a few simple tips that seniors can follow to help them stay safe and secure online.




1. KEEP YOUR COMPUTER'S SOFTWARE UP TO DATE

  • Keep your computer's operating system either Windows or Mac, up to date to ensure optimal performance. 

  • Regularly download the latest version of  the software.




2. USE STRONG AND EASY-TO-REMEMBER PASSWORDS

  • A strong password is one that is difficult for someone to guess. It should be a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. 

  • Never reuse one password for multiple accounts. If one account is compromised, all of your accounts are at risk.

  • Use two-factor authorization for your Google, online bank accounts and even social media. 

  • Change your password on a regular basis.

  • Don’t let your Internet browsers remember your login information.




3. BE CAUTIOUS OF WHAT YOU CLICK ON. DON'T CLICK ON LINKS FROM PEOPLE YOU DON'T KNOW.
  • Watch out for links and attachments in an email or even a text message. Evaluate the sender. Do you know them? Check their email suffix. Some phishing scams use deceptive emails and messages that look similar to organizations you already know.

  • Hover your cursor over the link to see where it's taking you. If the URL looks suspicious, don't click on it.




4. ONLY DOWNLOAD FILES FROM TRUSTED SOURCES.
  • When downloading files, only select ones from credible and reliable sources. Exercising caution with what you download is essential to protecting your computer from malicious software.




5. INSTALL A FIREWALL AND ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE
  • One way to protect your computer is to install a firewall. This will help to block unauthorized access to your system. 

  • You can also install antivirus software, which will scan for and remove viruses from your computer.




6. BEWARE OF PHISHING SCAMS

  • Be alert to phishing scams. Know how to recognize and avoid phishing scams. These scams are designed to trick you into providing personal information, such as your credit card number or social security number. 

  • Don't be fooled by emails or websites that look like they're from a trusted source. If you're unsure whether an email or website is legitimate, contact the company directly to check.




7. BACKUP YOUR DATA REGULARLY

  • Backing up your data regularly is a good way to protect yourself from losing important information. 


It’s crucial to protect your safety and privacy while online but It doesn’t have to be difficult. Hey Personal Assistant provides technology assistance and education. With a little help, you can remain independent when using the latest technology. Call (855) 440-7015 when you need to get immediate tech assistance. We are here to support you every step of the way!




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