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My Online Privacy for Seniors, First Edition

Book Description

My Online Privacy for Seniors is an exceptionally easy and complete guide to protecting your privacy while you take advantage of the extraordinary resources available to you through the Internet and your mobile devices. It approaches every topic from a senior’s point of view, using meaningful examples, step-by-step tasks, large text, close-up screen shots, and a custom full-color interior designed for comfortable reading.

 

Full-color, step-by-step tasks–in legible print–walk you through how to keep your personal information and content secure on computers and mobile devices. Learn how to:
  • Strengthen your web browser’s privacy in just a few steps
  • Make it harder to track and target you with personalized ads
  • Protect against dangerous fake emails and ransomware
  • Securely bank and shop online
  • Control who sees your Facebook or Instagram posts and photos you share
  • Securely use cloud services for backups or shared projects
  • Protect private data on your mobile device, even if it’s stolen
  • Block most unwanted calls on your smartphone
  • Improve your home’s Internet security quickly and inexpensively
  • Get straight answers to online privacy questions–in steps that are simple to follow and easy to understand
You don’t have to avoid today’s amazing digital world: you can enrich your life, deepen your connections, and still keep yourself safe.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. About This E-Book
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Contents at a Glance
  6. Table of Contents
  7. About the Author
  8. Dedication
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. About AARP
  11. We Want to Hear from You!
  12. Reader Services
  13. Figure Credits
  14. 1. Online Security Basics
    1. Protecting Yourself Online
    2. Simple Steps to Protect Your Privacy
    3. Improving Internet Security in Your Home
    4. Take Advantage of Security Tools Offered by Your Mobile Devices
    5. Manage Your Account Passwords
    6. Apply Multiple Strategies to Protect Yourself Online
  15. 2. Safely Surf the Internet
    1. Using Your Favorite Web Browser
    2. Choosing a Web Browser for Your Computer or Mobile Device
    3. Looking at Cookies
    4. Turning on Your Web Browser’s Privacy or Incognito Mode
    5. Managing Your Web Browser’s History Folder
    6. Managing Bookmarks and Other Information
    7. Expanding Your Web Browser’s Functionality Using Optional Plug-Ins
    8. Learning the Benefits of Using a Virtual Private Network or Two-Factor Authentication
    9. Using Apps on Your Mobile Device to Better Handle Many Online Activities
  16. 3. Protect Your Security When Working with Emails
    1. Email Options
    2. Determining Where Email Vulnerabilities Can Happen
    3. Adjusting the Security and Privacy Features When Using Mail
    4. Identifying and Avoiding Phishing Schemes
    5. Avoiding Email Security Problems Related to Human Error
  17. 4. Handling Online Banking Tasks Securely
    1. Sending or Receiving Money Electronically
    2. Addressing Online or Mobile Banking Security Concerns
    3. Turning On Two-Factor Authentication for Your Online Accounts
    4. Managing Credit Card Accounts Online
  18. 5. Protect Your Privacy and Security When Shopping Online
    1. Avoiding Online Shopping Security Risks
    2. Comparing Prices on Websites
    3. Taking Advantage of Electronic Payment Options for Added Security
  19. 6. Use Social Media Safely
    1. Your Information on Social Media Is Typically Public
    2. Becoming Active on Social Media
    3. Socializing (and More) on Facebook
    4. Staying Safe on Twitter and Instagram
    5. Using LinkedIn and Other Social Media Services Securely
    6. Thinking Before You Post
  20. 7. Protect Your Privacy When Publishing and Sharing Photos Online
    1. Organizing Your Digital Image Library Can Take Time
    2. Storing, Editing, Organizing, and Sharing Your Digital Images via the Cloud
    3. Sharing Photos via Social Media
  21. 8. Safely Store Data, Documents, and Files in the Cloud
    1. Benefits of Using Cloud Storage
    2. Understanding Important Cloud Computing Concepts
    3. Configuring Cloud-Based Services
    4. Using a Cross-Platform Cloud-Based Service
    5. Using Cloud-Based File Sharing Services Safely
  22. 9. Customize the Security Settings on Your Smartphone or Tablet
    1. Preventing Unauthorized People from Using Your Mobile Device
    2. Taking Advantage of Parental Controls
    3. Adjusting the App-Specific Privacy Settings on Your Mobile Device
    4. Keeping Your Mobile Device’s Operating System and Apps Up to Date
    5. Managing Your Mobile Device’s Wireless Connections
    6. Blocking and Managing Unwanted Calls to Your Smartphone
  23. Glossary
  24. Index
  25. Bonus Online Chapters
    1. Bonus 1. How Web Surfing Affects the Online Ads You See
      1. Online Advertising Tracks Your Searches and Purchases
      2. Educating Yourself About Online Advertising
      3. Using an Ad Blocker
    2. Bonus 2. Work with Smart Appliances, Smart Speakers, and Home Security Tools
      1. What Is a Smart Home?
      2. Taking Security Precautions When Using Smart Home Equipment
      3. Using Smart Security Cameras for Remote Viewing
      4. Being Aware of Security Precautions When Using a Smart Speaker
      5. Tapping in to the Potential of Smart Home Technology
    3. Bonus 3. Protect Your Kids and Grandchildren Online
      1. Understanding the Potential Problem with Young People Having Online Friends
      2. Taking Advantage of Parental Controls
      3. Taking a Proactive Role in Kids’ Online Safety