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Basic online safety training for seniors. Platteville Wisconsin. Part of the ARRA-funded Wisconsin broadband project.

Basic online safety training for seniors. Platteville Wisconsin. Part of the ARRA-funded Wisconsin broadband project.

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  • 1. Cyber Safety for Seniors
  • 2. What is Cyber Safety?  Cyber-safety is a common term used to describe a set of practices, measures and/or actions you can take to protect yourself Slide 2
  • 3. Never disclose personal information Full name Home address Phone number Social security number Why? Passwords Names of family members Credit card numbers Your photograph Slide 3
  • 4. What are computer hazards?  Viruses – software that attaches to programs installed on a computer or that are programmed to load when an email is opened.  Spyware – malicious software designed to take partial control of a computer’s operation without the knowledge or consent of the user. Often used to track a user’s browsing and spending habits while online and also to mine for personal information. Slide 4
  • 5. Cyber-safety Threats  Spam – unwanted emails from advertisers and users that contain malicious and explicit material or try to sell products or services. Slide 5
  • 6. Cyber-safety Threats  Viruses- infect computers  Spyware- is software through email attachments that “piggybacks” on and file sharing. They programs you download, delete files, attack other gathers information computers, and make your about your online habits, computer run slowly. One and transmits personal infected computer can cause problems for all information without your computers on a network. knowledge. It may also cause a wide range of other computer malfunctions. Slide 6
  • 7. Cyber-safety Threats  Hackers- are people  Identity Thieves- are who “trespass” into your people who obtain computer from a remote unauthorized access to location. They may use your personal your computer to send information, such as spam or viruses, host a Social Security and Web site, or do other financial account activities that cause numbers. They then use computer malfunctions. this information to commit crimes such as fraud or theft. Slide 7
  • 8. Protect against online hazards  Beware of any emails or sites that promise you will get rich quick.  These emails are usually a way for hackers to mine your computer for personal or financial information.  Never open an email from someone you do not know.  Never download programs unless you know they are safe and contain no hidden files. Slide 8
  • 9. Password Protection  Why use a password?  Protect personal information  Prove identity  Restrict access  When would you use a password?  Accessing programs  Checking e-mail  Logging into websites Slide 9
  • 10. How to choose a password  8.3 rule  Include letters  Include numbers  Include non-alphanumeric characters  Use lower case and upper case letters  There is no such thing as a perfect password  It is safer to have different passwords for different websites. This way, if someone finds out only one password at least they wont be able access everything you have signed up for.  Normally, when you type in your password, it will appear as asterisks so people near you cannot see what you are typing. Slide 10
  • 11. How to choose a password• Choose a password that ismemorable and not easy forsomeone else to guess.•Don’t write it on a sticky note orother place someone can easilysee, keep it somewhere safewhere YOU can find it Slide 11
  • 12. IMPORTANT  Never give your password out to anyone as no legitimate company will ever ask you for it.  Always remember to log off from a site after you have finished using it. This is very important when you are using a public computer. Slide 12
  • 13. Safeguard against financial risk  If purchasing something online, make sure that the site is secure.  The URL should begin with https:  A lock icon is displayed and is interactive – not just a graphic image.  Does the site contain a site seal?  Many, but not all sites will contain a seal that is highly visible and difficult to copy which indicates a safe site. Slide 13
  • 14. Online Safety Web Sites  LOOKBOTHWAYS offers blogs and step-by-step procedures to help you stay safer. Keep up with the latest online risks and gain skills to be a safer online consumer. The Ask Linda feature lets you ask safety questions at any time for expert advice.  Fighting Back Against Identity Theft is a site from the Federal Trade Commission that guides you through the process of deterring ID thieves, detecting ID theft, and defending yourself against it.  The National Fraud Information Center’s site lets you look up the latest online scams, under the theory that knowledge is power. It also has an online complaint form that you can use to inform them of bad experiences you’ve had with online spammers or scammers.  The Better Business Bureau is a good place to start in identifying online stores that are safe to do business with.  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission site is a good place to get information to help you protect your investments and access investment calculators.  CNET is a good site for reading reviews of products from their editors and users before making your online purchase. CNET has a strong focus on electronics and technology, so if you’re thinking of buying a computer, this is a good source of information. Slide 14
  • 15. Practice  Webwise – Registering Online  Password High Striker  Remember the computer is a tool, just like a tractor or a car, very useful and a little scary to learn how to use. But with a little practice, you will be cruising the information highway in no time! Slide 15