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2018-11-08 / Local News

Seniors learn about cyber security during presentation

Sen. Patrick Gallivan talks to seniors about cyber security during a presentation at the Aurora Senior Center on Thursday. Sen. Patrick Gallivan talks to seniors about cyber security during a presentation at the Aurora Senior Center on Thursday. More than 50 seniors from the community gathered at the Aurora Senior Center on Thursday as part of a senior scam prevention and cyber security seminar.

The public safety education program was hosted by state Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan in partnership with AT&T and Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York.

During the seminar, representatives from the BBB and AT&T joined Gallivan for the presentation, which laid out how to recognize and avoid scams that prey specifically on seniors. The program also provided seniors with cybersecurity tips on how to protect their identities and safely navigate the internet, along with the steps they should take if they fall victim to a scam.

“We have a responsibility to protect our seniors from exploitation,” Gallivan said. “Older adults must be made aware of the types of scams often used to target them, especially online. By sharing this information, we can help protect seniors from identity theft and prevent them from falling victim to other dangerous scams.”

Warren Clark, president of BBB of Upstate New York, said older adults are targeted and feels they need to be aware of scammers who call, send mail or email, or even show up at residents’ front doors.

“It's always a good idea to take the time to advise your older loved ones about the scams that are out there and to make sure they are aware of the warning signs and red flags.”

Kevin Hanna, AT&T external affairs director, said the company is committed to collaborating with local leaders, as well as community organizations, to educate people on how to protect themselves online.

“As for all citizens, seniors must be aware of darker corners of the internet that nefarious individuals exploit to take advantage of them and they need to know how to protect their digital information, shield devices and recognize dangerous scams,” he said.

To help the community navigate the digital world more safely, AT&T has launched Digital You and Cyber Aware, comprehensive public education programs that offer tools, tips, apps, guidance and community education events for people of all ages and levels of online experience to learn more about how to have a safe and secure online experience and increase digital literacy.

For more information on online safety, visit digitalyou.att.com and www.at t.com/cyberaware.

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