Tech Tips for Seniors Toolbox

Be a Changemaker – Digitally

Not long ago, doing social good meant taking to the streets…literally. Whether the issue was the environment, politics or social justice, any plan had to include meetings, marches and public demonstrations…in fact the Senior Planet Exploration Center had a panel discussion about it (learn more here). Today, we have new tools that make it possible…

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How secure are your mobile devices?

The good news: Your mobile devices are actually pretty secure, especially compared to computers. The bad news: Your mobile devices are at risk of malware and other security threats—and those risks are on the rise. According to Verizon’s Mobile Threat Index 2018, 64% of organizations reporting have seen an increase in mobile threats over the…

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New horizons in data breaches?

Experian released its sixth annual Data Breach Industry Forecast, which includes its top five data breach predictions for 2019. The report addresses new cyber threats to biometrics and gaming, along with susceptible breach targets that include cloud and wireless networks. Here’s a summary from Experian’s Matt Tatham: The scale of data breaches in 2018 has been…

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Advance planning for your online life

Today’s seniors are more digitally connected than ever, with some estimating that as many as 34 % of Americans (65 and above) use social networking sites. From ordering food online to digitally transferring money, these apps have our personal and financial data stored online. It’s vital to take measures to secure personal data to ensure…

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What’s up with WhatsApp

One of the most popular apps on smartphones is WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned instant messaging app, which is becoming a more comprehensive, multi-purpose platform.  Here is a quick update on what’s up with WhatsApp: Users can group voice and video up to four people Most recently it announced that it now allows group voice and video…

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Are you ready to try esports?

There’s are some new teams in town and they’re shaking things up in the sports world – the esports world.   Esports basically turns video game playing into a competitive, spectator sport, and requires very fast reflexes. (Pros are often washed up by the age of 25; they’re too slow.)  Despite this, teams such as Sweden’s…

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Enjoy Facebook Safely and Securely

This week, some Facebook users may have received a note in their newsfeeds advising them that they, or a Facebook friend, logged into a now-banned personality quiz app. The notice will explain how the app misused their information by sharing it with the UK data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica. The information shared could include their public…

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