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I am wondering if anybody else has issues where an individual still likes to interact with the computer but can get be targeted as an easy mark.

Does the individual like participating on the social sites or playing games on the computer? If they like games, an IOS device tablet (Apple) offers more control over what can be downloaded and has many game choices. For a PC user, there are many lovely visual games for a small price, that can be downloaded and played without being on the internet. As far as security, all the usual firewall, virus blockers, parental control features, etc. should be in place as well as periodic visits to a trusted computer store to scan and “clean up” any problems with viruses, email problems or software malfunctions.
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None that I know of. Once you enter an email address, you are fair game unless there are filters set up on your firewall. My poor dad (before his dementia kicked in) went to a site that seemed to be harmless, but it sure was not!
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Perhaps you can purchase a "V Tech" computer toy (It's actually meant for a child) and tell your senior that it is a computer.
www.amazon.com/vtech-childrens-toys/s?page=1&rh=i.
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Reply to Llamalover47
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Computer viruses can lead to identity theft at least, I use a malware program that blocks my computer from going to questionable websites, for the protection it provides the cost is minimal.

If they want to use email, set up one that can belong only to them, makes monitoring easy and if it becomes an issue, easy to shut off.

I personally think that PBS is a safe site, has easy games and intelligent content.
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I really don't have that problem, so I don't have an answer. I do have very good anti-virus and anti-malware programs on my computer. You need both type of programs because they are two different problems. At least that would catch programs infecting your computer. I do like the idea of using child controls on your computer. Years ago Leo LaPorte the Tech Guy (radio personality) recommended security software. Look him up, he might have some great ideas for you. If you want to know what programs I use, message me and I will answer you. I don't know if we are supposed to recommend programs on this site.
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I had the same issue with my husband, who liked to play games on the computer, and also visited sites which were not safe. One thing that helped was the WOT app., (Web of Trust.) It is a browser add on, a small circle which is green on safe sites, turns yellow on a site that is "iffy", and red on unsafe sites. He did use that for a while, until his dementia got worse. I could walk in where he was and immediately see if the circle was red, so I could tell him he was on a questionable site. The telephone was a concern too, as some people take advantage, and get the person to say "Yes" to a simple question, such as "am I speaking to John?" The yes answer is recorded and used to sigh him up for things he did not order. My prayers are with you, as it can be a constant struggle to keep him safe. Hettak9607
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If the person has no charge card - I think the worst that could happen is a virus on your computer. Mind you, that can be costly enough - but once I closed my father's charge account, at least I no longer worried about him clicking on links that could cost money.
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Reply to RayLinStephens
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Maybe not setting up an email account and using child controls on sites ? Tell patient that email is bad. Or maybe they wont be able to figure out how to set one up.
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Reply to Betsysue2002
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To develop a senior-safe website program -- that would be a great idea.
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I think this maybe a question thats never been asked about what sites are safe. I think setting the child controls has been an answer to cut down on being scammed. Problem is the spam coming thru email.

Interesting to see what kind of answers you get.
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