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Online Safety Tips: Protecting Seniors on the Internet

While we hear a lot about parents protecting their children from online dangers, adult children should take similar precautions for their own senior parents. Sacramento 24 care providers understand that the Internet can be beneficial for seniors, but it can be a safety risk for those who do not know how to navigate the World Wide Web. Here are some tips to help keep your senior loved one safe online. 

Avoid Pop-ups and Ads

Remind your senior loved one to avoid clicking on any pop-up messages while surfing the web. Caution seniors to be wary of brightly colored advertisements and too-good-to-be-true offers. While installing a good ad blocker can prevent your loved one from seeing a lot of these ads, he or she may still come across some from time to time. Explain to your senior loved one that clicking on these links can install harmful malware and viruses onto his or her computer or even give a hacker access to personal information. 

Watch Out for Credit Storing

Many sites offer to store customers’ credit information for the next time he or she shops. However, your senior loved one should be wary about which, if any, companies he or she saves this information with. Not all companies are reputable and the more companies that have your senior loved one’s information, the less secure your loved one’s credit information becomes. Instead, have your senior loved one keep hard copies of this information on hand or hire a reliable provider of at-home care in Sacramento to help your loved one keep track of financial information.

Be Wary of Unfamiliar Emails

Warn your senior loved one to look out for and delete emails that come from unfamiliar addresses. Help him or her add email subscriptions and services to his or her safe sender list and advise your loved one to delete the rest since malicious software can come through opened emails. Remind your senior loved one not to open emails that come from a familiar sender but seem unusual. This may be an email virus being sent from a friend’s account without his or her knowledge. Such viruses perpetuate when unwitting people open the email because it is from a familiar address. 

Senior safety is a top priority for family caregivers, whether it’s online or in person. To help keep your loved one safe both on the Internet and at home, turn to Home Care Assistance of Sacramento. We strive to help seniors feel safe while providing flexible Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and stroke care in Sacramento. Whether your loved one needs live-in or hourly assistance with activities of daily living, our trusted caregivers can help. Call us today at 916.706.0169 to schedule a no-obligation consultation and learn more about our services.