October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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:

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:

(Source: StaySafeOnline.org)

You can find more information and resources on internet safety through Council on Aging's online Resource Directory by clicking here.