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Analysis & Exploration: Computers, tablets, phones

Scams & Older Adults: What to Do?

This series focuses on helping readers of all generations learn the fundamentals of scams, what scammers are after, how they use mail, email, mobile phones, tablets, and personal computers to steal your identity, your money, and even the Internet bandwidth you pay for every month to access the internet.

The information in this series on scams is intended to help you reduce vulnerability to scams for both you and loved-ones like parents, grandparents, etc. The key message is that to be forewarned is to be forearmed.

 

 

How to Avoid Scams and Defend Against Them

Here are some very specific actions you can take to avoid the sort of scams that impact older adults. This article also includes some easy-to-follow "spam avoidance rules".

 

 

How Scams Work (with Examples)

Learn how scams work, with examples. Because, the best protection against exploitation by scammers comes from having a general understanding of how people try to con the elderly into sending/wiring them money or worse, giving them the electronic keys to their financial kingdom.

If you understand your vulnerabilities, you will be alert to situations that put you or an aging parent at risk.

 

 

Surf the Web Like a Pro

There is an infinite cache of brilliant essays, news articles, scientific reports, and books available on the Internet, but you cannot access much of it without giving the website owners something of value in return, unless you master a few simple "surfing techniques".

This installment of "An Internet Enabled Life" will tell you how to quickly hack through the annoying jungle of subscription nags and popup-n-pop-downs and advertisements to get at the actual content you care about.

 

 

Internet Feeds: How to Set Them Up & Use Them

This page contains some detailed instructions for how to set up Internet feeds so they stream useful articles and other content to the home page of your browser — so you don't have to go searching for them.

This continues the article "Surf the Web Like a Pro", in which you can read more — including what exactly "Feeds" are and why you might want them, and is part of the series "An Internet Enabled Life".

 

 

Magic Carpet Apps for That

As I mentioned in the introduction to "My Internet Enabled Life, you can see the world while sitting at your PC in your own house or apartment. Here is a list of websites that offer an amazing assortment of places to visit, theater performances to watch, TV series, and movies.   

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Computers, tablets, phones

Tech Support: How Do You Do It?

 How do you keep your gadgets and computers working?

Our explorers are talking about this topic, and comparing notes. Join the discussion. Share what you do in the comments below.

 

 

Framing the Question:

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SF Explorers use Amazon Echo Show to Reach Across the Country

The San Francisco Explorers participate in a cross country video call demonstration of the use of an Amazon Echo Show. .........Read more

SF Explorers: Topics on our Minds

At the start of the San Francisco Explorers' September meeting, members responded to a call for topics of interest to begin the fall season. .........Read more

GrandPad @ Passavant

The Passavant Longevity Explorers evaluate a senior-friendly tablet. .........Read more

Explorers Focus on Hearing Problems and Solutions

Longevity Explorers from across the country discuss their hearing problems and share their experiences, good and bad, with hearing technology as they continue to seek better solutions. .........Read more

Favorite 'Wearables' @SRC

Advances in wearable technology, both in functionality and form factor, are seeing increased use among older adults. .........Read more

 

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Useful Products & Resources: Computers, tablets, phones (shared by our Explorers)

Go Go Quincy

Go Go Quincy

Go Go Quincy is a website designed to provide easily accessible tech support services to the 55-plus market.

GetSetUp

GetSetUp

GetSetUp.io is an interactive social and learning system designed to help seekers learn new tech skills or get started on new tech projects. 

Support.com

Support.com

Support.com is an online tech support service intended to provide remote help and solutions to computer and other device-related problems.

Total Tech Support (Best Buy)

Total Tech Support  (Best Buy)

Total Tech Support from Best Buy is a membership fee-based service intended to provide a range of tech support services and discounts on repairs.

Memory-Lane.Tv

Memory-Lane.Tv

Memory Lane is a multi-media intervention designed to be a non-pharmaceutical approach to dementia using customized entertainment for people living with dementia.

KOMP by No Isolation

KOMP by No Isolation

KOMP is a combination of a smartphone app and a simplified one-button device designed for use by elderly people who are not tech-savvy. 

Lumin

Lumin

Lumin is a freestanding simplified touch screen with an app designed to help keep in touch with family, friends or caregivers through video, text, voice and photo sharing.

Livindi

Livindi

Livindi is a "keeping an eye on them" type of system that includes a large tablet (the LivindiPad) for video calls and photo viewing, as well as an (optional) suite of sensors to help monitor a person's activities and an emergency button. It includes an "App" that lets a caregiver monitor...

GrandPad: Purpose-built Tablet

GrandPad: Purpose-built Tablet

GrandPad is a simple and secure tablet computer and a managed service that digitally connects an older adult to their family and friends. They can easily view family photos and videos, play games, check weather, listen to music, send voice emails, make phone calls, video chat, and more.

 

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