The world is quickly embracing the digital landscape with more and more services and entertainment options moving online. In fact, many businesses now only exist solely on the internet without any brick-and-mortar fronts. On top of this, other tools like social media platforms, search engines, online learning platforms, and entertainment options make going digital an irresistible option to having the world at your fingertips.
However, for older adults who are less familiar with this new tool or who are new to getting started, there can be hidden dangers or nuances that are not as clear. In this article, we highlight certain things to take note of and the best way to navigate the online world.
Beware of Scams
The first thing that you notice when you enter the online world is that there is suddenly a large influx of information. You can simply type anything you want into a search bar, and you will have resources that come from all over the globe. However, there can also be many fraudulent information. Whether it is misleading ads, catfishing, malicious emails, or even sensitive information phishing, there can be many different scams that are targeted at vulnerable audiences. It is important to keep up to date with what is happening and how to best avoid such scams.
Download an Antivirus Program
One of the first things that you should do when you get a computer or laptop is to download a reputable and reliable antivirus program and maintain it. This program will make sure that you have not unwittingly downloaded or accessed any dangerous folders that can compromise your sensitive information.
Only Purchase from Legitimate Retailers
If an item or service seems too good to be true, it probably is. Make sure that before you purchase anything online that you are getting it from a credible seller and on a legitimate website. This will help to ensure that you get the product that you want and that your payment information does not get into the wrong hands.
Ask for Help
Navigating the online world can be overwhelming for anyone at all ages. The best way to do this is to access shared information and ask someone else on their opinion on what is happening. Whether it is by looking into external resources together or drawing on advice from past experience, asking someone reliable can significantly reduce the risk of compromising your digital safety.
Enjoy a Safe and Secure Environment at Mariposa
Here at Mariposa, our utmost priority is ensuring that our residents have the support they need to remain independent while not compromising on their safety. Unfortunately, older adults can fall prey to many dangers within society, both online and offline. This is especially so if they are coping with medical conditions like Alzheimer’s that affects their memory.
In our senior living community, you can be sure that we offer round-the-clock support so that your loved one is able to ask for help at any point in time. On top of this, we constantly have exciting and fun exclusive senior living programs that can help older adults pick up new skills and hobbies in a safe environment and with proper guidance.
For more information on our senior living options and the complimentary programs offered, contact us today.