Crossing the street at a busy intersection might be scary, but if you look both ways and follow traffic signals, chances are you'll get to the opposite side of the street safely. To accomplish this, you follow basic rules to avoid oncoming traffic. Not a big deal, right? Well, you should apply the same caution when using the internet.
AARP's new book My Online Privacy for Seniors offers simple steps to protect your safety and privacy, whether you are on your computer, phone, tablet or smart devices.
Get instant access to members-only products and hundreds of discounts, a free second membership, and a subscription to AARP the Magazine.
Here are 9 tips excerpted from the book on how to help you navigate our ever-changing connected world.
Safely surf the internet
One key way websites and online services collect and use information about you, the web surfer, is by using cookies. A cookie is a tiny file that's transferred to your computer from a website you visit. To quickly determine whether the web browser you're using is set up to allow cookies, visit this website. Each web browser has a different process for turning on/off or adjusting its cookie-related features.
Protect your security when working with emails
If your computer is connected to the internet via Wi-Fi, a vulnerability exists when your computer wirelessly sends information through your home internet router or modem, or through a public Wi-Fi hotspot. To prevent this, consider installing a virtual private network (VPN) that'll work in conjunction with your web browser to encrypt all information as it leaves your computer or mobile device.