If you’re like most baby boomers, you probably love your computer, mobile phone and iPad and use them as a lifeline to the people you love as well as to do financial transactions. Recent research has shown that more than 60% of boomers use laptops and 30% use smart phones.  Computers and mobile devices are powerful tools to help you connect but they’re also increasingly vulnerable to security attacks. A recent study by AVG Technologies shows that baby boomers need to do more to make sure their actions while online are secure.

Although more and more personal information is stored on mobile phones, nearly 60% of adults ages 48 to 66 don’t use a password to secure their device.  Having a password for your mobile phone is critical as hackers are increasingly targeting these devices for their attacks.  Of the boomers who do have a password nearly 20% have shared that information with at least one person.  When it comes to security on your phone the message is clear: have a password and keep it private.  In addition, as you would for your computer, be sure to install antivirus programs on your mobile phone to minimize  identity theft and personal loss.

While online baby boomers also need to ensure their financial transactions are secure. According to the survey 65% of baby boomers check their online banking statements only once a week and only 40% use one low limit credit card for online transactions. There are a few things you can do to ensure your security while conducting online transactions:

  • Change your password frequently.
  • When using a public computer be sure to log out of all programs before exiting.
  • Don’t click on links from banks or from anyone that you don’t know.
  • Designate one credit card with a low credit limit for all your online transactions.

“With technology always changing, we are all going to have to go back to school.”
says Joe McDonald, Trilogy Orlando member and head of the Computer Club. Although it can seem intimidating there are resources to help you manage your online security.  A number of our communities offer opportunities for learning more about how you can get the most out of your online experience.