Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
According to a recent survey, smartphones can equal freedom and connectivity for seniors.
My mom of 80 years wouldn't part with her gadget for anything. She wakes up eager to find out what her friends are doing, she shares posts about her gardening glories and challenges herself with several games of solitaire throughout the day.
Because she's relatively new to the internet and technology, she still doesn't grasp that someone reaching out to her by text or one of the social media platforms she visits could be a fraudster.
I'm not alone in my concern. Laura Tamblyn Watts, LLB and Chief Public Policy Officer for CARP (Canadian Association for Retired Persons), is worried for the growing number of seniors embracing technology and the potential threats that await them.
“Seniors often feel safe with their mobile devices," says Watts. "It's what they use to talk to friends and family. When someone reaches out pretending to know them, they may have their guard down."
Connecting with the world through a smartphone is an exciting and wonderful thing. Just remember that your phone is both an opportunity and a potential vulnerability. Stop and pause before responding if something strikes you as odd, and don't click links or open attachments unless you're 100% sure they're legit.
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