This guide is designed to introduce older adults to Personal Cyber Security. It offers a variety of guidelines for safe navigation of the web, password management, and an introduction to scams that may target older adults into sharing their sensitive information. This guide also offers a selection of resources including in-person programs, books, and demonstrations.
Navigating the internet has become an integral part of daily life. These days, many simple actions are performed online between communication with friends and family, looking up recipes, maintaining your schedule, personal banking and shopping. Along with all of these growing activities comes the threat of our private information being accessed unknowingly. Threats to our personal information are not only constant, but are becoming more prevalent as cyber criminals become savvier.
Statistics from the FBI’s Internet Crime Compliance Center reflect that the amount of reported internet crimes has more than doubled between 2013 and 2017, with the leading age group of targeted victims being those over 60.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Compliance Center. (2017). Internet crime report. https://pdf.ic3.gov/2017_IC3Report.pdf
Publication Date: 2019
Jeni Rogers shares tactics on how to keep your personal data secure on and off the web in this easy to understand guide.
Publication Date: 2020
This guide on cybersecurity offers a wide range of topics on how to improve your personal security on the web. It also helps identify potential vulnerabilities that may make you a target.
Publication Date: 2020
This book offers an in-depth perspective on personal data and how that information is accessed and used by third parties.
Safety Detectives. (2018). The ultimate internet safety guide for seniors. https://www.safetydetectives.
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) -- The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is the Nation’s risk advisor, working with partners to defend against today’s threats. Their site offers extensive cybersecurity and infrastructure security knowledge.
Ready.Gov on Cybersecurity -- Ready.gov is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American public to prepare for and respond to man made or natural emergencies. Their preparation guide on Cybersecurity is extensive and shares steps on what to do before, during and after a cyberattack.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse -- Privacy Rights Clearinghouse was founded in 1992 as a program of the University of San Diego School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law. Since then the organization has become a non-profit, focusing on consumer rights policies and advocacy. Their news feed provides up to date information and chronology of data breaches.
Electronic Frontier Foundation -- Electronic Frontier Foundation is a donor-funded, non-profit organization that defends privacy and free speech with the expertise of lawyers, technologists, and activists. They aim to inform policy makers, the press and the general public on matters of safety and privacy in the digital world.
Electronic Frontier Foundation. (2020). EFF logos and graphics. https://www.eff.org/press/logos
Many programs and demonstrations are offered at Public Libraries in New York City:
New York Public Library offers workshops on Protecting Your Privacy & Security (Available at various branches)
New York Public Library workshop on Computer Safety for adults over 50.
Brooklyn Public Library offers workshops on how adults over 50 can safely sign up for social media accounts: Introduction to Social Media
As of April 2020 the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library have canceled all events and remain closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.