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• Encouraging older adults to practice cyber safety can go a long way toward protecting their identity and sensitive personal information. Consider sharing these tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance, The Stop Think and Connect campaign’s online safety tips for older adults, Public Safety Canada and the Home Instead Senior Care® network. And recommend they take the “Can You Spot an Online Scam?” quiz at

1. Password-protect and secure devices and accounts. Half of seniors do not use the password feature on at least one of their internet-enabled devices, leaving it open to whoever may pick it up. A strong password is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Recommend a mix of letters, numbers and symbols, and no personal information. 
2. Think before acting. It can be easy to panic when faced with an urgent request. Remind older adults to stop and think before they act and get a second opinion when in doubt. 
3. Share with care. Encourage seniors to appropriately adjust their privacy settings to limit who can see their information and remind them to avoid sharing their location.
4. Use security software. Most seniors in a Home Instead Senior Care survey say they have help with their computers – either a family member or a computer professional. Recommend they install security software from a reliable source and keep it updated
5. Log out. Suggest that seniors log out of apps and websites when they are done using them. Leaving them open on their computer screen could make them vulnerable to security and privacy risks. 
6. Recommend support. If seniors live alone or spend a lot of time by themselves, suggest they consider a trusted source to serve as a second set of eyes and ears such as a Home Instead CAREGiverSM, who is screened, trained and insured. 


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