Those aged 65 and older are more digitally connected than ever. Approximately 42% of older adults report owning smartphones, a figure that has more than doubled in the last five years. 67% of adults ages 65 and older go online.
As those of us aged 65 and older increasingly embrace technology, it is important to be aware of and protect ourselves against internet fraud. Fraudsters often target digitally connected older Americans with email and website scams, seeking personal information and financial data. At any age, following these tips can help you avoid internet fraud:
- Use strong and unique passwords. Never share your passwords with anyone. Your passwords should also be complex (i.e., at least eight characters and include numbers, upper and lowercase letters and symbols).
- Access the internet from a secure location. When connecting to the internet, especially when banking online, only use computers and networks you know and trust.
- Secure your computer. Security software is essential, especially when accessing your financial data online. Be sure you have a firewall turned on and are running antivirus software. First County Bank utilizes a URL (web address) that begins with “https” as this signifies a secure connection.
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