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Whether you are using a laptop or desktop, more seniors are using computers and other forms of technology on a regular basis than ever before. Lots of seniors understand the basics of using a computer -- turning it on, navigating their way to Facebook, etc. -- but they’re totally lost when it comes to maintaining their device and staying safe online.
If you’re a senior who spends a lot of time on the computer -- or you know someone who does -- these four tips can help you stay safe and have a better user experience.
It’s important to take steps to protect your computer from viruses and malware that can stop it from running the way it’s supposed to. Many seniors are susceptible to these issues because they will unknowingly click on questionable ads and emails that end up infecting their computers.
Some important maintenance to perform on a regular basis includes:
If you’re spending a lot of time on the computer, it’s important to keep your posture in check.
If you’re sitting at a computer desk, make sure you’re keeping your feet flat on the floor with your back straight, forearms resting on your chair armrests, and your wrists in a relaxed, neutral position. Your screen should also be directly in front of you with the top just a few inches above your eye level so that you don’t have to crane your neck.
Lots of seniors also use a laptop in bed, either because they’re ill or just relaxing. This can make it hard to maintain good posture, and it’s easy to end up hunched over with a sore neck. To avoid this, invest in a laptop desk that comes with an adjustable stand so that it’s easier to keep the screen at eye-level.
If you’re using social media on a regular basis, it’s important to make sure you’re managing your online privacy. Some things to keep in mind when you’re posting on social media or clicking on links that other people share include:
Before you click on a link, either one that’s been shared on social media or one that’s included in an email, it’s important for you to make sure it’s safe and not actually a virus.
Keep these tips in mind to help you discern between safe and unsafe links:
These four practices are essential for anyone who wants to stay safe while using a computer, whether it’s for business or just to use your favorite social media sites. Keep them in mind next time you hop online!
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