Tech-Savvy Boomers Must Keep Privacy, Security in Mind

Written By: Guest Contributor - Jan• 08•13

The baby boomer generation has always been open to change, a characteristic that is still evident as they enter their senior years. Today’s older adults are eager to stay on pace with their younger counterparts in terms of technology, which is why many assisted livingcommunities offer internet access and classes for residents who want to keep up with the latest gadgets. But a new study from AVG Technologies finds that while boomers have embraced technology, many are uninformed about basic security and privacy techniques to keep their identities safe.

Researchers interviewed a group of 1,300 adults between the ages of 46 and 64 about their use of technology and the measures they have taken to keep their devices safe. They found that the majority of older adults own desktop computers, and 61 of them percent use laptops. Around 30 percent of baby boomers own a smartphone, and 20 percent shop online using a tablet computer.

Unfortunately, older adults may be missing out on some of the opportunities the web offers to help protect their identities and keep finances secure. Around 65 percent of respondents said they don’t check their online banking statements more than once a week. Keeping an eye on bank statements can help seniors identify fraudulent purchases quickly.

Seniors who use mobile devices should also take steps to keep ward off viruses, hackers and identity theft. Around 60 percent of survey respondents said they don’t use a password to protect their cell phone, and another 20 percent said they have shared their password with at least one other person.

Baby boomers must be especially careful when it comes to technology safety, as they can be seen as targets by scammers.

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Sunrise Senior Living’s unique resident-centered services are delivered by a team trained to encourage the independence, preserve the dignity, enable freedom of choice and protect the privacy of each resident we serve. This approach is what enables us to continue championing quality of life for all seniors — it’s been our mission since 1981 and it’s what has made Sunrise one of the premier providers of senior living services.

 

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