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Safe Surfing for Seniors Bob Spohn, Frasier Meadows IT, April 8, 2014. OK – Maybe this is a little safer!. Keep calm and use common sense – everything will be OK!. There are 3 main components of safe internet surfing: Protect your computer Protect your identity Protect yourself.
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Bob Spohn, Frasier Meadows IT, April 8, 2014
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These are the programs you use to connect to the internet. The most popular are:
Each browser has its own personality: how it looks, the menus, etc. The best one is the one that works well for you!
Every time you visit the internet, there is the potential for software attacks against your PC and the accounts you are logged into.
There are many good free e-mail programs available:
Don’t Open Them!!!
Let’s go shopping!
What could possibly go wrong?
This web site sells green rubber boats, and I have my credit card!
We have all heard on the news about web sites getting hacked and customer info getting stolen. There is no 100% guarantee that this will not happen to you, but with some awareness, you can minimize your risks…
You will need to create an account with the vendor you want to shop with; in this case Amazon. When you place an order, you will need your login name and password. To repeat from earlier, a complex, hard to guess password will always work in your favor.
Online, that is!
Online programs that let you interact with others:
Remember when we learned to drive, that we were taught to “Drive defensively – watch out for the other guy”?
The same is true when using the internet.
ALWAYS assume that any information you share and post on these sites is publically accessible, unless you are positive that you have set your privacy options correctly.
The burden falls on you to make sure your online information is private.
Unfortunately, there are people that monitor social media websites for the sole purpose of harassment.
They will send messages intended to provoke, frighten, disgust or anger you.
Clearly, by no means should you respond to these messages.
This one is important!
We regularly get reports about scam phone calls received by the residents.
The caller will say they are calling to repair/update/check your PC. If you didn’t call them, hang up immediately.
When you contact us, we will set up a time to meet with you.
We will never ask for, nor do we need, any of your personal information when we work on your equipment! If needed, we will have you enter your password yourself.