As you may have seen in the news or experienced first-hand, cyber predators often prey on older adults.
However, even when they are aware of the danger posed by cyber predators, many seniors don't believe they will become a victim. As a result, older adults lost $1.7 billion as victims of online crime in 2021. There has been a 400 percent increase in internet crime against this age group in the past five years.
So what can you do to protect yourself? The article linked below offers several tips on staying safe online.
Chromebook Privacy Settings
Learn how to control your history and other browsing data, like saved form entries.
Many websites collect and use your browsing data - you can choose to turn this feature on or off.
If you let Chrome share your location with a site, Chrome sends information to Google Location Services to get an estimate of where you are. You can choose to leave this feature on or turn it off.
This tutorial explains how to set your Chromebook to dim after 10 seconds and then lock when not in use.
An excerpt from an article (linked at the bottom of the document), this article reviews strategies for creating strong passwords and explains why those strategies work.
Create a strong password
Using the strategies in the previous article, create 3 strong passwords. Check the strength of your passwords at this link. How long would it take a hacker to guess your password?
Introduction to password managers
This YouTube video explains how you can create strong, unique passwords that you can save to your Google account.
How to use Google Password Manager
Is Google Password Manager secure?
For more details about how Google Password Manager works and how secure it is, compared to other Password Managers, see this online review by an independent cyber security team.
This article reviews ways to safely share passwords and account information, in preparation for impairment or death.
This article is an overview of common scams with additional links for more information and examples.
This 27-minute PBS video shares real-world stories of older adults in Tennessee who have been scammed. It offers an overview of common scams and strategies for how to protect yourself against cyber threats.
Can you spot the scam?
The State University of New York compiled these online quizzes to test if you can spot the difference between legitimate emails and phishing emails.
Safely Shopping Online
How can you tell if a website is secure? This GCF LearnFree tutorial includes tips for avoiding scam websites, such as checking for the lock symbol, reading the URL closely, and updating your device often.
How to safely shop online
This article from the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency discusses safe online shopping practices.
Trusted online companies
This article reviews the 7 most trusted big-name online companies going into 2023.
Reliable vs unreliable payment methods
This article explains the safest ways to pay online. It's generally best to use a credit card (not debit card), avoid CashApp or Venmo (which offer less consumer protections than PayPal), and check for security features on websites before checking out.
How to create an online order
This tutorial explains how to create an order on Amazon.
Safely banking online
This article & video from AARP discuss the process and advantages of banking online.
This recent article includes an audio read-aloud and a YouTube video option which reviews 7 tips for safely banking online.
Best banks & credit unions for Seniors
Money.com produced an updated list of the most trusted banks and credit unions for seniors. Participants can also click their location to see what's available in their area.
Bank of America's security system
Step-by-Step tutorial from Bank of America shows the process of activating their security center protection
Most secure payment methods
Bank Rate reviews the most secure and unsecure methods of online payment.
Social Media Safety
Social media is a great way to connect with friends and family; however, it's important to be aware of privacy risks. Once you post something online, it's difficult (if not impossible) to take it back. Norton share some excellent safety tips and additional links/resources at the bottom of the page.
Google Inactive Account Manager
Inactive Account Manager is a way for you to share select Google account data or notify someone if you’ve been inactive for a certain period of time. If you chose to share data with a trusted contact, they will receive an email with a list of the data you have chosen to share with them.
Facebook Legacy & Account Memorialization
In the event of your death, you can choose what happens to your Facebook page and information.
Printable Cybersecurity Quiz
This Cybersecurity PDF contains colorful graphics and can be printed on paper as a "pre-test" at the beginning of the unit. Quiz answer key is attached below and should be used as a discussion piece. Surprises? Stories/Experiences?
Cybersecurity Post Quiz
How well do you understand cybersecurity? Take this 10-question quiz to find out how you compare to other internet users.
What are the pros and cons of facial recognition? Is this an invasion of privacy?
Why privacy matters
This YouTube video looks at surveillance and the impact on citizens.
Big data & human rights
Is big data a violation of human rights? This article discusses that question and more.