Fact Sheet: Internet 101 for Older Adults

Have you “tweeted” lately? How about emailed your grandchildren, reserved a library book or paid your phone bill online? If so, you are not alone. According to AARP about 27.5 million older adults are using the Internet today. In fact seniors represent the fasting growing online community. They report using the Internet to stay in touch with family and friends. What began as an experiment in the 1960s, the Internet we use today creates excellent opportunities for older adults to conduct financial business, access personal or health records and for entertainment and educational purposes.

Consider these Internet use options:

Basic Internet browser terms

Attack of the Zombie Army!

Right now your computer could be under attack, secretly invaded by hackers, spammers or infected by viruses. Your computer could be one of the thousands of other computers that send out spam emails by the millions as part of a robot network or zombie army. Once your computer has been attacked, hidden downloaded software can spy on your Internet surfing, steal your personal information, use your computer to send spam and even damage your files or disrupt your system. This all may happen without your knowledge so protect yourself and follow the tips below.

Be Safe and Secure Online


Social Networking Sites--Facebook

Social networking sites are a great way to connect with family, friends and perhaps even people from your past. Facebook is the most used worldwide service with 750 million active users a month. Once users have created a personal profile, they can add other users as friends, send messages, share photos, receive updates and even join special interest groups through a school or organization. With Facebook, or any other social networking site, protect your personal information because once information is online, it is out there forever! Here are some tips for using Facebook more safely: