The world is increasingly relying on technology and it can often be difficult to keep up. Staying safe while connecting online is an important step in this evolving landscape.
Everything from online banking, accessing government services, managing medications and health, your social life, hobbies and even regular shopping is moving online. It is vital to make sure you keep yourself and your information safe from scams, online phishing and other malicious threats such as fake charities, identity theft, ticket scamming or computer hacking.
During 2019 Australians lost a total of $634 million through scams. Become a Super Safe Senior with the help of Sunshine Coast Libraries and not another statistic!
Check out these great resources to help get you started:
- Introduction to myGov – how it works, what you can do.
- Scamwatch.gov.au – stay up to date with the latest news and alerts from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
- Learn all about creating safe passwords.
- Think you may have an identity theft issue? Get help from IDcare – Australia’s national identity and cyber support.
- Take a look at these top ten tips for online safety.
- Choice offer great information if you are an online assistant for an older family member or friend.
- Telstra have some great information on ransomware – what it is and how to prevent an attack.
A great way to ease into cyberspace is to look within your circle of family and friends for someone to become your digital mentor. A tech savvy grandchild or that super clever friend are ideal candidates and over time, will help build your confidence, skills and online safety habits.
Reserve these physical items and collect from your local library:
- iPhone for seniors in easy steps: covers all iphones with iOS 13 by Nick Vandome
- Laptops for seniors for dummies by Nancy Muir
- My smart home for seniors by Michael Miller
- Android phones for seniors in easy steps by Nick Vandome
- My social media for seniors by Michael Miller
- My iPhone for seniors by Brad Miser
Listen on the go with these seniors podcasts:
- Digital Families Podcast – Guest Nan Bosler – Seniors Online
- Cyber Security Café with Beverley Roche
On the web
Join in one of three webinars on eSafety where you will learn simple tips to stay safe online:
- Can you spot a scam?
- All you need to know about data and public WiFi.
- Safer online shopping.
Find out more and register online.
Learn to be super safe with these sites:
- Stay Smart Online - the Australian Government's cyber security website designed to help Australians understand cyber security risks and educate home and small business users on the simple steps they can take to protect their personal and financial information online.
- eSafety.gov.au - online citizen safety agency that assists with managing online abuse [adults, children and teens] and provides online safety information and guidance.
- Australian Competition and Consumer Commission - covers consumer rights and protection, complaints and problems and online shopping and phone and internet services.
Learn safe skills with these eResources:
- Be Connected - an initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in the digital world. Online learning resources as well as a network of community partners - the Be Connected Network - who offer support so you can develop your digital skills and confidence.
- TheComputerSchool.net - sign in with your library membership for tutorials covering all things computers and internet. From basic introductory tutorials on computers and social media all the way to completing coursed on microsoft office and digital photography.
Stream these cyber world films on Beamafilm:
- Lo and behold reveries of the connected world
- Deep web
- The Internet’s own boy: the story of Aaron Swartz
- The Cleaners
- In real life
- Zero days
Documentaries and movies with a focus on Australian stories and quality international content. First time customers, enter your library member number and create a Beamafilm account.
Stream these online cyber safety films on Kanopy:
- Staying safe online: Digital footprint
- Cyber fraud, theft and organized crime
- The problem of identity on the network
- Protecting yourself in cyberspace
First time customer: select "Add Library Card" and enter your member number and password. Create a Kanopy account, then verify your email address.
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