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World Telecommunication & Information Society Day



MAY 17th...

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. Celebrated across the world with the objective of raising global awareness and social changes brought on by the internet and new technologies.

This year, help us raise awareness on the role of technology and telecommunication in achieving a healthier aging process for the elderly. If its a grandparent, parent or just an elderly friend teach them how to stay safe but enjoy the ever-growing benefits of technology and Telecommunications. Please find some tips on staying safe below from an article on Age UK

  • Keep your passwords strong. Setting up strong passwords is one of the simplest, most effective things you can do to stay safe when you're on the internet. Avoid passwords made up of common words, numbers or keyboard patterns (such as 'password' or '123456'), and don't include personal information, like your name, date of birth or any family member's details. Use different passwords for different accounts. Read more of our passwords tips.


  • Install security software on your computer. Anti-virus software will look for and remove viruses before they can infect your computer, and anti-spyware software prevents unwanted adverts from popping up, and stops programs tracking your activities or scanning your computer for private data, such as credit card numbers or bank details. You can buy a package from a reputable provider (such as McAfee or Norton) either online or from a computer shop, or there are free security software programs available online, such as AVG, Avastand Microsoft Security Essentials.


  • Protect your tablet and your mobile phone. You can check emails, shop and bank online on tablets and smartphones, so they need protecting too. Start by password-protecting any devices. You can download anti-virus and anti-spyware protection for tablets and phones and a lot of the apps are free. Some free, highly rated anti-virus apps are Avast mobile security, Kaspersky internet security, and Norton mobile security.


  • Protect your wireless network. You need to protect your wireless network (also known as Wi-Fi) so that people living nearby can't access it. Read the instructions that come with your wireless router to find out how to set up a 'key' (a type of password) so that no one else can access the internet through your router.


  • Keep your device updated. Every device has an operating system, which is the software it needs to function properly. Computers will use Windows or Mac OS, and tablets and smartphones use Android or iOS. Your device can be better protected from viruses if you keep the operating system updated. You should receive notifications when new updates are available, but you can also update your system manually. READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON AGE UK Click here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/work-learning/technology-internet/internet-security/


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