In October, we hosted a panel discussion on the topic: “What Older Adults Need to Know About Their Online Security and Safety” for Cyber-security Awareness Month. Speakers included representatives from the industry, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the local older adult community. Topics covered included how to stay safe and secure online. Kristina Dorville from the Department of Homeland Security made gave the following tips for staying safe line:
- Keep your computer secure: install a firewall, antivirus, antispyware and anti-spam software – and keep all software current with automatic updates.
- Select strong passwords with at least 8 characters with upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols – change every few months.
- Learn how to identify email scams and fraudulent websites;
- Never provide personal financial information in response to unsolicited requests. Never include your social security number or bank account numbers in the text of an email.
A big thank you to our speakers: Kristina Dorville, Director of Cyber Awareness Programs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Thomas Kamber, Executive Director, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS); and Donna Rattley Washington, Regional Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Comcast.