There are many types of financial and online threats, and it can be difficult to know what to do when this happens to you, or someone you know. The following data will help you quickly detect those threats.


Choose a password that means something to you and you only; use strong passwords with eight characters or more that use a combination of numbers, letters, and symbols.
Keep your mobile devices in your possession at all times and always be aware of your surroundings
If you use social networking sites such as Facebook, be sure to limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely
Most businesses or organizations don’t ask for your personal information over email. Beware of any requests to update or confirm your personal information.
Avoid opening attachments, clicking on links, or responding to email messages from unknown senders or companies that ask for your personal information.
Install and regularly update the security programs on your computer, such as anti­virus, and anti-spyware. These programs can help to protect the information on your computer, and can easily be purchased from software companies on the web or at your local office supply store.
Beware of “free” gifts or prizes. If something is too good to be true, then it probably is
It is important to add only people you know on social media sites and programs like Skype; adding strangers could expose you and your personal information to scammers.

Medical advice
Be sure to find out who is providing the information, know where you’re going online
Many pharmaceutical companies create websites with information to sell products.
Look for sites ending in .edu (for education) or .gov (for government)
Avoid accessing your personal or bank accounts from a public computer or kiosk, such as the public library
Don’t reveal personally identifiable information such as your bank account number, social security number or date of birth to unknown sources.
When paying a bill online or making an online donation, be sure that you type the website URL into your browser instead of clicking on a link or cutting and pasting it from the email
Make sure the website address starts with “https,” s stands for secure
Look for the padlock icon at the bottom of your browser, which indicates that the site uses encryption
Type new website URLs directly into the address bar instead of clicking on links or cutting and pasting from the email

Medical Identity Theft. Has someone stolen or gained access to your Medicare/Medicaid or private health insurance ID or card or records? Cybercriminals will use this information to get medical services, prescriptions, or other benefits, or they may send fake bills to your health insurer to receive money/reimbursements
Social Security Identity Theft. Is someone using your Social Security number for fraudulent purposes? Social Security fraud and identity theft refers to a fraudster or scammer gaining access to your Social Security number and using it to receive your tax refund, secure employment, obtain a driver’s license, and/or receive unemployment benefits or any other state/federal aide.
Deceased Identity Theft. Is someone using your deceased loved one’s personal information in a fraudulent manner? Deceased identity theft, or “ghosting,” is when a deceased individual’s personal information to is used to commit fraudulent acts such as tax refund fraud, medical identity theft, driver’s license identity theft, credit card fraud, and more.
Financial Identity Theft. Financial identity theft happens when a scammer gains access to your bank accounts, credit cards, retirement accounts, or personal information for their financial gain.

Identity theft is the illegal use of someone else's personal information in order to obtain money or credit
Don’t use the same password twice
Choose a password that means someone to you and you only; use strong passwords with eight characters or more that uses a combination of numbers, letters, and symbols.
Do not reveal personally identifiable information online such as your full name, telephone number, address, social security number, insurance policy number, credit card information, or doctor’s name
Avoid opening attachments, clicking on links, or responding to email messages from unknown senders or companies that ask for your personal information
When making online donations, make sure any charity you donate to is a legitimate non-profit organization and that you type in the web address instead of following a link
Be sure to shred bank and credit card statements before throwing them in the trash; talk to your bank about using passwords and photo identification on credit cards and bank accounts
Check your bank and credit card statements monthly for unusual charges


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