How to Keep Your Senior Safe Online

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If you have a senior parent or other loved one who is receiving their senior care at home, they may have access to the internet which can prevent them from feeling isolated at home but also be a cause for concern due to the nature of the world wide web. You do your best to keep them physically safe and secure, but it’s equally important to protect their personal information and financial security as well.




Here are some ways that you can help your aging parent or loved one incorporate safe internet practices into their routine while receiving senior care at home.


Monitor their activity

They may not like it, but it is important to pay attention to the things that they are doing online so that you can be aware if there are issues of concern for their privacy. Seniors who are aging in place and getting senior care at home like their independence, but you should find a compromise with regards to their online activity so that they can remain safe and keep their personal information secure at all times.


Set limits

If your senior parent or loved one has issues with abiding by your rules or recommendations that are for their own safety, you may need to adjust the control settings of their computer or other technological devices to keep them away from sites that could get them into financial or other trouble.


Talk to them about safety and privacy

Many seniors are fairly new to the internet world and might not have a clear understanding of how dangerous the internet can be. Have an honest and open talk to your senior about the ways that scammers are out there looking for people to prey on and let them know what they can do on a daily basis to protect their information and prevent themselves from becoming a victim.


Keep a financial lookout

It is a good idea to not only be mindful of what your senior is doing online but be aware of their financial accounts as well. If your senior has access to credit cards or other account information and is on the internet on a regular basis, look out for any large or recurring withdrawals that could occur if they have been making purchases online or if they store their card information to multiple sites.


Encourage them to use strong passwords

We all know the importance of using strong and secure passwords online, and it is just as important for your senior as well. Help them to come up with and keep track of their passwords so that they can be safe online. Let them know that they shouldn’t share their passwords or any other sensitive or personally identifiable information online, in person, or over the phone.


With a little guidance and supervision, seniors can enjoy being online and have the freedom to interact with their peers and keep themselves busy. Taking these safety precautions will allow you to worry a little less about their online safety too.



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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.