The Internet is a Wild Frontier

I’ve only been using the internet for a few years. When I was growing up, we didn’t even have computers, let alone the Internet. My grandson was kind enough to teach me the basics and the most important lesson about the internet which is being wary. I am a particularly cautious about strange emails. Just last week I got a strange email from no-reply@accounts.google.com asking me to continue resetting my GMAIL password. This was strange because not only did I not ask to reset my password, I don’t even have a GMAIL account. I was afraid this was someone trying to hack my email account so I quickly marked it as spam and sent an email to my grandson, asking him what else I should do, if anything. He got back to me right away and said I did the right thing. Thank goodness. I really don’t want to have to get a new computer or spend lots of money fixing this one.

I think as an older adult on the internet the best thing to remember is that it is like the old wild west, in a lot of ways. There aren’t a lot of laws and people are always going to be trying to take advantage of you. Whether it is the old medicine peddler and his snake oil or that guy who tells you that for a small investment he can make all your dreams come true, do not fall for it. As my mother was fond of saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” that is especially true online, where you don’t know who you are talking to. You are better off assuming everyone is misrepresenting themselves and then you can be pleasantly surprised when/if they turn out to be genuine. Above all, when it comes to your online life, just be careful and use common sense.

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