Lower Digital Literacy = Lower Levels of Security
While the Internet itself is quite young with its 26 years, the fastest growing group of internet users on a global scale is our senior citizens. According to World Economic Forum, 70% of all seniors are now online (July 2019.) The elderly have always been a prime target for online scams because of a perceived vulnerability, and now because internet use among seniors is on the rise.
Cyber security is something everyone should prioritise, regardless of age, so it is important to be aware of current threats and how to deal with them. With so many people online, the magnitude of scams is increasing.
Half of seniors do not use the password feature on at least one of their internet enabled devices, leaving it open to whomever may pick it up.
Sharing of personal information online using platforms like Facebook and Twitter, in addition to the increased popularity of dating services and apps for seniors, puts this group at higher risk.
Seniors are also required to go online to access health services such as Medicare, AvantCare and My Aged Care, insurance providers, housing services, voting and financial services like the ATO. Even doctor and dentist appointments are best managed using online tools!
Clicking on links in emails is often how scammers get access to personal information, and it is important to learn how to identify a suspicious email.
The Online Safety – Training for Senior Citizens workshop is a 2-hour free training session in collaboration with Switched On Seniors. The workshop is a presentation style and awareness workshop, to include all aspects of online safety for seniors. The workshop requires no computers, tablets or smartphones.
Staying Safe Online
Common Cyber Attacks
• How attackers approach
• Some known scammers tricks
• How to identify scams and phishing attempts
Why Seniors Are Vulnerable
• Digital Literacy and knowledge
• Unique challenges seniors might have
• How to deal with scams and what to do if they happen
How To Stay Safe Online
• Selecting a safe password
• Safe online shopping
• “Share With Care”
• Credible sources and how to identify them
• Non-credible sources and how to report them
Cyber Awareness Training
Common Cyber Attacks
• How to identify a cyber attack or phishing attempt
• How to identify scams
• Known tricks by scammers
• What to look for to identify a scam
• What to do if you have been scammed
To be eligible for the Online Safety – Training for Senior Citizens Workshop, candidates need to:
- be over 65 years of age; and
- be associated with Switched on Seniors.
The workshop will be on-site at aged care service providers community centres.
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The training and its content have been developed in collaboration with Switched On Seniors.