Internet Safety Tips
Create strong passwords. Create passwords that aren’t easy to guess, and don’t share them with others. A strong password would include one or more capital letters and one or more numbers.
If you are on a website you that have to sign into, do not forget to sign out or log out.
Don’t expose personal information. Be careful how much personal or financial information you share on sites like Facebook, and through e-mail. Be careful of quizzes and surveys that ask information about your health, wealth and personal life. You can never be sure who will see your answers and what the information will be used for.
Online dating for seniors is becoming popular. While this is a way to meet new people, it is also a way for con artists to take advantage of you. Their goal may be to get your money, target your home for theft, etc. Always be careful how much information you provide to someone you may not know well. Criminals can easily lie about who they are over the Internet.
Don’t fall for e-mail scams. Online criminals may use e-mail to get your personal information and steal your identity. An e-mail might entice you to click on a link that takes you to a phony site or downloads content that damages your computer.
Do not click on pop-up windows or respond to e-mails, open attachments or go to Web site links sent by people you do not know. Your bank or credit union will not send you anything by e-mail unless you ask them to
Never give out your credit card, bank account, or personal information to someone over the phone, at the door, or over the Internet unless you know the person or organization you are dealing with, or you made the contact
Be cautious with e-mail attachments. Attached files may contain content that can damage your computer. Don’t open them unless you can be sure they are from a safe source. Don’t hesitate to delete the e-mail or close your Internet connection.
Use antivirus software to protect your computer against viruses. Computer technicians can assist you with this and can be found in the yellow pages of the phone book.