Being cyber smart

Uncertainty about security and privacy can stop some senior Australians from accessing the Internet. Here are some useful resources that may help senior Australians embrace the online environment. Feel free to add your own.

ALA Webinar

Cyber smart seniors: Getting clued in on cyber safety

Internet security

Internet Security - Overview: can I trust the Internet?
Internet Security - How to protect your computer
Internet Security - Tips for staying safe when browsing the Internet
Internet Security - Keeping your home network secure
Internet Security - Backing up your computer data


Tips for silver surfers
Secure passwords
Top 10 online safety strategies for seniors
Little black book of scams
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Cyber-safe seniors (Radio National: Life Matters)

Protection software

AVG anti-virus
Microsoft Security Essentials

Social networking and cyber security

Facebook - What is it? What does it do?

Facebook - Creating an account
Facebook - How do I connect?
Facebook - Tips and tricks

Catfishing is the buzz word in 2016 although it has been around for a number of years it is becoming more prevevent.
This is a good blog set up by a popular online educator to help make people aware of the situation and how it is effecting his life and that of others.
I recommend you spend some time reading this

When someone has been catfished, this means that they’ve been duped online they may have given someone online their money or their heart.

We need to be aware of the warning signs to notice a catfisher .
If someone seems to be falling for you and pushing the relationship forward write and say loving things within a short amount of time. You may be being catfished.
Treat these people with suspicion. When confronted with your suspicion the catfish may step it up by saying they will visit you. This visit talk can often used as leverage to keep you interested . They will have an excuse that they are unable to visit. Try to get them to show their face and make sure you are dealing with the person in the photos.