Google on Monday organised a workshop where it taught senior citizens the nitty-gritties of browsing the internet safely and securely. The one-day ‘Back to School’ workshop was organised in Hyderabad, where a team from Google India familiarised the attendees with keeping their online accounts secure, using the Internet services and giving a hands on to the common problems they face.
To the young generation, browsing or internet banking may be a play, but for senior citizens it could be as elusive as the quantum theory of physics. As nuclear families are on a rise in India, many elderly are on their own while handling money, paying their monthly bills or even shopping. Since all this can be managed with our smartphones now, it is only customary that they know the basics.
Using the Internet services was then the major focus at the event. The senior citizens group was introduced to the apps ecosystem and how they can be used to take services; navigating through the interfaces of these platforms independently.
Then, the team also listed out some important things to keep in mind while using the apps. For example, how a warning message could look like and how to discern a suspicious website so one may proceed with caution. While accessing a public computer, they advised not to carry out financial transactions or logging in to accounts that can validate transactions via OTPs, and also logging out of the accounts after use.
Passwords also play a crucial role, so the senior citizens were told about keeping a strong password and keeping them differently for different platforms and updating them regularly. This could obviously get more tedious to remember each time, so the team suggested to either keep them written in a safe place, where no one could access them or keep a digital password manager app and use a master password.