Of Use to Seniors
This page is a collection of links and material that could be of particular use to seniors.
Staying safe online
The reality is that the best protection is between your ears. And the connection from your brain to the left mouse finger. Use both.
Avoid programs that promise to clean your computer, make it faster, mow the lawn etc.
Resources for Internet Safety
Free antivirus programs are fine for most seniors. Its hard to nominate one over the other as they constantly vie to outdo each other. These are credible review sites with links Toms Guide, PC Mag, Tech Radar Gizmos. (I'm currently using Bit Defender and quite happy with it.)
As secondary protection Malwarebytes is highly recommended. The free version is a 14 day 'trial' version so it will nag you to buy it at day 14 onward. You can disable a lot of this in the program settings.
Tactics used by online fraudsters with online dating and lonely hearts sites.
Online Internet Banking.
This is something that can be a real boon for seniors, however many are very reluctant to even consider it. Those who do try it are very happy that they did.
If you are a reluctant 'toe dipper' then please check some of the links opposite.
Resources for Online Banking
ANZ Internet Banking is covered in quite a range of youtube videos
My Gov is an Australian 'portal' to other government services. A sort of 'one stop shop'
Resources for My Gov
Once you set up a MyGov account then to get use out of it you have to link to the other services. So there is a bit of fiddling to start with.
Electricity and Gas
With power and gas prices going up, its definitely worthwhile seeing what is on offer. You are no longer beholden to Energy Australia / Ausgrid, even though they own the poles and wires.
Resources for Electricity and Gas
The governments Energy Made Easy website gives an unbiased comparison of electricity and gas suppliers. Do take the time to read the other material on the site. Also make sure to use the sort buttons at the top of the search results.
An app is available for tablets and smartphones to show how much you save by changing to LED or CFL bulbs. eg change a 50W halogen downlight bulb that is used 3 hrs a day to a LED one and you save $11 a year; $12.50 if replacing a normal 60w bulb.
Resources for Phone and Internet
Check your address for the NBN connection type and when it is planned to occur. It seems like we are getting a mix of Fibre to the Curb and the inferior Fibre to the Node all depending on your street address.
How to find a suitable NBN plan? Canstar is a well regarded comparison site. They use the excellent WhistleOut comparison system. You can filter by data, spend, address, bundles and other criteria.
As we age and bits start to not work the way they used to then Dr Google can be both useful and dangerous.
Dangerous in that a site can convince you as having an incurable, death is imminent type illness BUT that they have the miracle product that will fix it! If the site has adverts or glowing testimonials then look elsewhere. Snake oil salespersons are alive and well on the net!
If you find a promising site then look for corroborating information at .gov, .org and ..edu type sites.
Resources for Health
This link finds all the Australian government sites for 'Aged Health'
National Institute on Ageing has a lot of quality health info. Its an American site
National Health Services Directory is the source of health and related services in Australia. Just enter your postcode in the box partway down the page. Or use the Advanced Search link under it.
There is a wealth of entertainment on the internet. MORE WORK TO BE DONE
Shares, Investing, Finance
MORE WORK TO BE DONE
Resources for Shares, Investing, Finance
Sharemarket Game can be used to learn about shares.
ESSI (Earning, Saving, Spending, and Investing) is aimed at secondary school students
GCF Learn Free has tutorials about finance
Family Tree / Genealogy.
This is a very addictive interest for many seniors.
Resources for Family Tree / Genealogy
These are 'closed' Facebook groups that are free to join.
Australian Genealogy Facebook Group 7000 members.
My Ancestors came to Australia, 18,000 members
CoraWeb has a HUGE supply of links to genealogy resources. Very highly regarded.