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We live in a world that is increasingly digital.  Things around us constantly get faster, smarter, more connected and more digital.  Millions of older people across UK are embracing technology and social media as figures from the office of National Statistics released on Internet user habits and demographics in 2017 show.

Statistics

 

90% of  people 55-64 years have been on the internet recently.

77.5% in the 65-74 years range and 40.5% in the over-75 year range.

The most common reasons for being online by the over-55s were sending/receiving emails and researching goods and services.

The next most common reason was engaging with social networks.

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However, with the rapid evolution of the digital world comes the alarming growth of cyber crime  - to the point where in the 2016 alone there were six million reported incidences of fraud and cyber crimes. Findings strongly indicate that older people are frequent victims of cybercrime and lose data or money, or both. With the number of new older internet users increasing, keeping safe online and knowing how to stay safe in a digital world is of paramount importance more so now than ever.

Computer help for the elderly

  • New to the Internet?

    Here's 10 back-to-basic tips from Get Safe Online to help you stay safe online.

  • Safety in your digital world

    Test yourself and learn about safety online with this short course from Learn My Way .  Please register with your name and email using the Centre Code for Age UK Dacorum 8001832.