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Manuel Goldring Offers Tips For Keeping Seniors Safe on Computers

Want to keep your seniors safe online? Check out these tips from tech whiz Manuel Goldring.

The World Wide Web isn’t just a young person’s game anymore. Many senior citizens and retirees also use the Internet these days for everything from paying bills and booking vacations, to keeping in touch with family and friends. Unfortunately, Internet access also means seniors are at risk of being targeted by Internet scammers. But tech expert Manuel Goldring can offer tips for keeping seniors safe.

“It’s sad how many scammers target senior citizens, claiming to be government authorities, for example,” Manuel Goldring says. “If you want to protect your family, you need to take cybersecurity seriously. When it comes to scams and hackers, human error is often the culprit.”

Human error refers to a mistake on a person’s part that leads to a security breach or someone getting ripped off. This might mean falling for a phishing email, through which scammers try to get you to hand over vital information, like Social Security numbers and credit card information. Or it could mean using a weak password.

“You need to talk with seniors about how human mistakes are the biggest threat these days, not hackers writing code,” Manuel Goldring suggests. “And you can’t just tell them, pull up examples of phishing emails so they know what to look for. Show them how to install updates or schedule their computer to do it automatically.”

It’s also smart to give yourself administrative access to a senior’s computer so that you can log in and take care of updates and other issues. Don’t stop with the operating system either. Select a good email provider, say Gmail, and then make sure you have the password so you can log in to find and delete malicious emails.

“Everyone values their independence, but with kids and seniors alike, safety is more important most of the time,” Manuel Goldring says. “Checking on your parent’s email may feel intrusive but if they’re not computer literate, you should keep an eye out for them.”

Manuel Goldring Discusses Which Type of Computers You Should Buy For Senior Citizens

So which type of computer should you buy your older loved ones? The biggest consideration is probably the operating system. And you’ve got three popular options, including Windows, ChromeOS, and macOS. In the past, many folks recommended non-Windows computers for seniors because of security risks.

“Windows has come a long way in regards to security,” Manuel Goldring notes. “If you keep your operating system updated and use basic anti-virus tools, the risks are much lower these days. Still, Chromebooks and Apple computers may offer easier use and in some ways may still be more secure.”

As for specs, most senior citizens will be well served by a laptop with at least 8 GB ram and a recent AMD Ryzen or Intel i series processor. Retirees don’t need professional-grade equipment to shop on Amazon and check their email.

“There’s no point in overkill, buy a computer that suits you or your loved ones’ needs,” Manuel Goldring explains. “I use a lot of the latest and greatest gear, true, but that’s because I depend on my computers and other tools to provide professional service.”