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Holiday Cyber Security Tips for Older Adults

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Christmas is around the corner and you've got some holiday shopping to do! The internet has made it easier than ever before for users to find and purchase the items they want, which comes in handy around the holidays. However, there are many cybersecurity issues that can develop while you're enjoying the gift of giving. Consider the following ways to avoid senior scams this season: 

1. Remember to Log Out
It's a simple task, yet it's one that can be easy to forget. Make sure you log out of whatever account you're using at the end of your shopping session. Leaving your accounts open could lead to security and privacy risks.

2. Watch Out for Copycat Websites
During the holidays, you'll see an increase in the amount of store sales emails. Oftentimes, these emails can look real, but they end up leading you to look-alike sites designed to trick you into entering sensitive information. Be sure to verify the sender's address, hover over links before clicking to see the URL address, and only enter information into websites with URLs that start with "https."

3. Beware of Unusual Payment Options
It's important to be cautious when making online payments, especially when they ask for the following payment options that are difficult to trace:
• Prepaid debit or gift cards
• Wire transfers
• Third parties

4. Don't Be Fooled by Fake Delivery Notifications
Once you place an online order that requires shipping, you'll usually receive delivery notifications telling you when your order has shipped and your expected delivery date. However, some of these notifications can be phishing scams that hide behind legitimate business names to get you to open the email and obtain your private information.

To avoid dangerous delivery notifications, make sure:
• You receive tracking information so that you can easily find your items and you are aware of the delivery company
• The payment was made upon placing the order
• You do not click on emails from unrecognizable email addresses

There are wonderful options available if you're looking for a safe and secure assisted living or supportive living community for your loved one. Evergreen Place Assisted Living in Normal offers worry-free assisted living for seniors, while Evergreen Supportive Living offers compassionate care and support. Contact Evergreen Place with any questions by calling (309) 451-9355. Contact Evergreen Village by calling (309) 452-7300.
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