News and EventsTuesday, October 18, 2016
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
If you’re reading this in an email or on a website, this applies to you. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month - a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to ensure every American has the resources and information they need to stay safer and more secure online.
According to the National Council on Aging, internet fraud is one of the top financial scams affecting the elderly each year, especially fraud involving identity theft through the use of a virus or email scams designed to confuse and trick the user into sharing information or financial resources.
The National Cyber Security Alliance offers a variety of fact sheets, tips and tools to help you browse the internet and use email more securely including:
- Specific tips for older adults
- The top five reported cyber scams
- Learning the basics of online safety
- Recognizing and combating cyber crime
- Free security check-ups and tools
- And many more
As older adults – and all groups – learn how to use new technologies, it is important that they learn to do so safely and securely. Seniors can access many helpful resources to educate themselves on technology and safe online habits, some of which are highlighted here:
- The Cyber-Seniors Learning Centre, which has a number of teaching and learning tools for older adults and mentors
- AccessWireless.org’s Resources for Seniors page, which has guides to shopping for senior-friendly smartphones and mobile privacy and security tips
- The AARP Technology Education Center, which has workshops, tools and tips for using technology and online safety
You can find more information and resources on internet safety through Council on Aging's online Resource Directory by clicking here.