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Smartphone and Social Media Security

For all age groups, it is important to be smart while using smartphones and social media platforms. However, seniors have been known to be vulnerable targets for cyberattacks and threats while using this type of technology.

A Statistics Canada study uncovered, “Seniors are the fastest growing segment of Internet users in Canada and that 69 per cent of Canadians ages 55 to 64 and 18 per cent of those 75 years and older own a smartphone.” (Canada Safety Council, 2018). 

“In addition to adopting mobile technologies like smartphones and tablets, seniors are also joining social media networks to stay connected. It is now more important more than ever before to empower seniors to stay safe in our digital world.” (Canada Safety Council, 2018). 

It is important to be mindful of the seniors in your life and how you can educate them on critical thinking and safe practices when using their smartphones and social media platforms. See below for smartphone and social media safety tips.

Social Media Safety Precautions

  • Do NOT share passwords or private/sensitive information online. This includes your banking information and social insurance number.
  • Set strong & unique passwords and use two-factor authentication methods. 
  • Ensure your social media profiles are set to private privacy settings. Do not accept follow or friend requests from people you do not know.
  • Be mindful of the type of content you post or share. 

Smartphone Safety

This information can also be applied to your iPad or tablet. 

  • Ensure your device has a passcode and automatically locks after a period of inactivity. 
  • Ensure Find My iPhone (iOS) and Find My Device (Android) are enabled in the case you lose your device. 
  • Be cautious of the information you share over the internet while using free Wi-Fi in public places. 

At TIM, we believe seniors should be educated on the safety risks involved with the use of smartphones and social media. Today and in the past, seniors have been known to be targeted by cybercriminals in the hope to acquire sensitive information for criminal and malicious use. 


TIM has the right coverage to protect you against cyber-attacks. Contact us today for more information. 


 For more information about Being Smart on Smartphones and Social Networks, read this Canada Safety Council article


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