The common perception that seniors have a hard time getting technology to work is, frankly, an overstatement. After all, everyone can struggle with technology! There’s no reason to be freaked out by technology or get frustrated when you’re having a hard time getting things to work. Today we’re going over practical technology advice for seniors.
Practical Technology Advice for Seniors
Have Multiple Emails
Don’t use the same email for everything. If you sign up for everything using the same email address, you’re more likely to get a ton of junk mail and garbage. Instead, make a “throwaway” account that you sign up for things with and give to websites when they ask for an email.
Then, you can reserve your “personal” email for things like professional contacts, friends and family connections and newsletters you want to get. This helps reduce clutter!
If you find it hard to keep up with all of your passwords, consider using a password manager. Password managers are software that keeps track of all of your passwords for you, helping you keep up with your various logins. This way you don’t have to try to keep up with all of your various passwords via a paper journal or, worse, sticky notes!
Keep your antivirus software up-to-date. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to use your computer and finding out you’ve inadvertently downloaded a virus. Services like Norton and McAffee are great for keeping your computer safe from malicious viruses, so make sure to keep them updated!
If you’re finding it hard to read what’s on your smartphone screen, go into the settings and change the font. Modern smartphones have tons of features you can change, such as font size and what type of font is displayed. Turning the font size up can make it much easier to read what’s on-screen!
The best part is, that font change will be reflected all across your phone’s various apps and systems. Text messages, social media, internet browsers and more will all have large, easy-to-read text.