Reading the news this morning, I saw yet another headline stating how our digital age is isolating and dividing people instead of uniting and drawing us closer. This often seems like an ugly side effect of our modern society.
Technology has the power to keep users of all ages connected and engaged. Eighty percent of seniors report that they go online and use the Internet, and of these, two in three online seniors says technology has had a positive effect on their lives.
A phishing scam is often presented as an email or text message that looks like it’s from a trusted company, but is sent by criminals, and designed to steal sensitive personal information or money. They take your personal details by making you click a certain link or open an attachment.
When we think of high technology usage, our minds think of children and teenagers who are using their devices most often. But in reality, people of all ages go online and use technology on a pretty consistent basis.
When seniors start using new technologies, it can lead to hilarious situations. I read this story the other day about a grandmother who was Skyping with her grandson Evan. At some point, her screen went black. Those who are tech-savvy know that laptops can go into sleep-mode after x-minutes of inactivity. Granny, however, didn’t and panicked: “Help! My screen is dying, what do I do Evan?” Evan, still being connected via Skype, replied: “No worries grandmother, just shake the m...”, at which point he seemed to be witnessing an earthquake of immense magnitude at the other side of the screen. Granny did get her screen back eventually. But instead of softly shaking the mouse (like one does when the laptop goes into sleep-mode), she had been shaking the entire laptop vigorously for almost an entire minute - frantic to get her grandson back on screen.