The internet has changed how we live and play in previously unimaginable ways. It has also opened the world up to many people who otherwise would not have access to it. However, when you are in your golden years, this new world can be very confusing and intimidating, so you might feel like you’ve got no place in it. But don’t worry! We’re here to help you figure out what to do while navigating the digital world. Here are some tips to make your transition from traditional paper-based systems to today’s advanced technology smooth and seamless.
Install a Firewall on Your Computer
Firewalls are programs that keep your computer safe from online attacks. Once installed, they run in your background to ensure that all incoming data is valid and safe. This way, your computer will stay secure even if you visit dangerous websites or click suspicious links sent to you by others. Getting a firewall is an easy way for everyone to protect themselves online. Be sure to choose one that’s compatible with your operating system, so you can continue using all of your favorite programs
Install and Maintain an Antivirus Program
Technically, you don’t need an antivirus program for your computer—that is, if you’re running an OS made after 2009 and if you only use it to browse websites. But there are still plenty of reasons why installing antivirus software is a good idea. First off, even with all that safety net in place, malware like viruses can still slip through security cracks (especially on sites like Facebook) and wreak havoc on your computer. More importantly, older users may not be as adept at using technology as younger folks; they might need protection from malicious apps designed to take advantage of their age or inability to keep up with new technologies. And many older adults also do not know how to back up data correctly.
Install an Ad Blocker on Your Internet Browser
It’s better to make a conscious decision to block ads than allow them to track you online. That said, some older users may have trouble with ad blockers due to technological limitations. Make sure your browser is up-to-date, or consider installing an app that does all of that for you. It might be worth visiting an Apple store if you’re concerned that your browser is too old. If it’s not something that can be fixed easily, consider downloading Mozilla Firefox, which is excellent for older computers because it uses less memory and processing power than Google Chrome and doesn’t use Adobe Flash Player (which can slow things down). You should also enable pop-up blocking, so nothing interrupts your browsing experience.
Avoid Visiting Unsafe Websites
There are many safe sites for users to visit on the internet; however, there are many unsafe ones also. Unsafe websites might have adware or spyware that can invade your computer, lead to a virus being installed on your computer, and a virus can cause a lot of damage. Try using an antivirus to prevent any viruses from getting into your computer. It is always best to be safe than sorry when surfing online! Just because something looks or sounds legitimate does not mean it is safe!