And some seniors are going online to make new friends and to find romantic partners through online dating.Like all powerful tools, the Internet and mobile technologies come with some risks.Make sure you feel good about being associated with anything you say online and be sure not to post anything that you wouldn’t want to share with the world. Simply getting these messages isn’t necessarily dangerous, but it can be annoying.Even if you’re using privacy settings to limit the audience, there is always a chance that what you post can be copied and shared by others. In some cases they can be from companies you’ve interacted with in the past and, if they are legitimate companies, there is probably a link to a page where you can safely ask to be removed from their list.
You may remember spending a lot of money on long distance calls and keeping them as short as possible to keep costs down, but now you can call just about anywhere in the world for free or a couple of cents a minute, and make free video calls with services like Skype, Apple Facetime, Google Voice and Facebook Messenger.That number is getting bigger all the time, and for good reason.The Internet is a great way to read the latest news, stay in touch with family, get medical information and manage appointments, renew prescriptions, and access medical records.But if they are truly “spammers,” they won’t stop, even if you ask them to.The best thing to do is make sure you’re using whatever spam filter is provided by your email service.For better or worse, old-fashioned letters have been largely (but not completely) replaced by email.And thanks to social networking services like Facebook, it’s easier than ever to keep up with your friends and family, and let them keep up with you.Social media allows you to exchange ideas, photos and videos, and even plan events with friends and family living far away.But don’t think that social networking is just for young people.Some services give you a choice between private and public posts, with private going just to people you designate.Before posting to any service, it’s good to get to know its privacy policies and settings. Whether it’s a picture, video, or comment, what you post and what you share is a reflection on you.