- 2018 Posts
- Caregiver Specialist Heather Resnick on Caregiver Support
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
- Center Launches North Shore Senior Options
- On Blindness, Alzheimer's and Love
- Shared Vision: Winnetka Congregational Church Woman's Society Benevolence Committee
- Protecting Seniors and Adults with Disabilities: Adult Protective Services
- A Jack of All Trades: Al Davis
- Family Tradition: Gone Fishin'
- Dedicated Volunteer: Fern Kamen
- Generous Soul: Mitchell Slotnick
- Assessing the Older Adult Members of your Family
- Giving Back: Fay Goldblatt
- Adult Protective Services (APS) Program Benefits from Shamrock Shindig
- Humble Beginnings: Bobbi Halloran
+ 2017 Posts
- Arts and Crafts at the Center
- #GivingTuesday at North Shore Senior Center
- Leisure Time Well Spent - Daytrips at the Center
- New Advisory Council Formed
- Playreading with Vivian Mitchel
- North Shore Senior Center's Foundation Board
- Wills vs. Trusts
- Joan Golder Distinguished Senior Lecture Series showcased actor Mike Nussbaum
- 20/20 Corporate Campaign
- Functional Fitness: Training for Everyday Life
- Benefits of Pet Therapy for People with Memory Loss
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Benefit from Oktoberfest
- Small Screen Big Stars: Oh What a Night!
- Sharing a Common Thread
- Helping You Make Informed Choices for Care
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Distinguished Community Partner
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Dedicated Corporation
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Outstanding Philanthropist
- Special Needs Trusts
- Gifts in Kind Increase the Center's Impact
- Enrich your Life with Lifelong Learning
- A Little TLC Goes a Long Way
- PEARLS: Reducing Symptoms of Depression Home-based Counseling Services Available
- Big Stars to Chair Annual Benefit
- Evanston Community Foundation
- Million Dollar Round Table Foundation
- Super Senior Day
- New Physical Therapy Services Now Available at North Shore Senior Center!
- Stroke Prevention Tips
- Why Powers of Attorney are Important to You!
- Get Expert Help with Your Tax Returns
- North Shore Senior Center Awarded Gold Status for Philanthropic Efforts
- Fitness as a Goal for Life
- Men's Club Offers Unique Programs to Community
- Spread the Love at North Shore Senior Center
- Jean Griswold Foundation supports House of Welcome Adult Day Services
- "I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for people." - Maya Angelou
- "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." - Zeus from Hercules
- Winter Safety and Health Tips
- "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell
- A Granddaughter's Love for her Grandmother
- Six Things to Consider Before Making Gifts to Grandchildren
- Lending Closet for Durable Medical Equipment at North Shore Senior Center
- Seniors Can Save Lives by Donating Blood
+ 2016 Posts
- Lifelong Learning Catalog Wins International Award for Best Brochure
- Life Stories are Gifts that Keep on Giving
- Visiting Aging Parents During the Holidays
- Edna Weber Garden of Light Wing at the House of Welcome
- Learn More About What Makes This World Tick
- 60 Years of Service: Advocacy
- 60 Years of Service: Compassion
- Myrna and John Cruikshank, III: Steady and Committed Philanthropists
- Kenilworth United Fund: Longstanding, Civic-Minded Community Partner
- Radford Green at Sedgebrook: Dedicated Corporation and Vested Supporter
- Simple Tips to Improve Your Balance
- 60 Years of Service: Creativity
- Daily Money Management Fosters Peace of Mind
- Opportunities for Learning, Exploring, and Connecting
- The Edna Weber "Garden of Light" Wing
- Protecting Vulnerable Seniors: Adult Protective Services Promotes Quality of Life
- Top Ten Reasons Why Older Adults Continue to Work
- Super Seniors We Admire!
- Scams and Fraud: Protect Yourself
- The State's Devastating Impact on Our Budget
- North Shore Senior Center Southern Hub Moves to Niles
- Alzheimer's Family Support Group
- Evanston Support Group for Family Caregivers
- Family Caregiver Support Group in Skokie
+ 2015 Posts
- Music + Dance + Dialogue = A Musical!
- Flex and Strengthen Your Muscles
- Generous & Caring Corporate Citizen
- More Than Service and Fellowship
- Art Gallery a "Hidden Gem" at North Shore Senior Center
- Sound Off on Hearing Loss
- Making Sense of American Poltics
- Fitness Center Enhances More Than Muscle Strength
- Virtual View of Art: From the Basics to Specialties
- Social Connections are a Key to Successful Aging
- North Shore Senior Center Celebrates Super Seniors!
- Super Senior Spotlight
- What is a Senior Center?
- MDRT Foundation Aids Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program
- Social Worker Reaches Out to Seniors in Need
- How to Achieve Your Healthiest Brain Yet
- AmazonSmile: Your Online Shopping Can Help NSSC!
+ 2014 Posts
What to Do If One of Your Online Accounts is CompromisedFebruary 04, 2014
By George Lowman
Technology Learning Center Volunteer Instructor
Every day there seems to be a new article or television news story about online accounts being attacked by nefarious no-names, who will use the data they steal to make unauthorized purchases, to break into banking, financial or credit card accounts to transfer your money to their own accounts, or to use the information to open new accounts in your name without your knowledge. What can you do?
There are a number of tactics you can use to make it more difficult for bad guys to break into your accounts, and steps you can take if you believe that your own data has been compromised. And remember, your accounts can be attacked even if you don’t go online. Do you really know what the salesperson, waiter, or the telephone sales agent is doing with the information you are giving them? With a little knowledge, you can protect yourself.
So, How Do Bad Guys Get Your Information?
The recent articles about data theft have focused on large companies which are “hacked” by bad guys. Hacked means somebody used unscrupulous methods to get into a store or company’s computers to steal account information. Sometimes they steal your name, account number, expiration date, and security code information. Sometimes, they steal only your email address. If they steal all your account information and security codes, they will make counterfeit cards with which they can purchase items either at a store or online. If they steal only your email address, they will send you fake emails allegedly from the real company asking you to verify your account information such as your name, address, telephone number, account number, password, etc. No real company will ask you for this kind of information in an unsolicited email. If you respond, they then have enough information to either access your account or to set up a new account using your information that you have just given them.
Be Very Paranoid
Be very suspicious of any email you receive. Even an email coming from your grandchild or good friend might be coming from bad guys who hacked their account. You should be suspicious of any email that asks you to click a link for any information. If an email includes a telephone number to verify the credibility of the email or just to ask questions, do not use that telephone number to call back. Get the telephone number independently such as the 800-number on the back of your credit cards or go to the website (gethuman.com) or App “GetHuman,” which provides telephone numbers for most stores and organizations.
OK, But What Do You Do?
1. Use unique passwords for any account that involves money, i.e. your banks, financial accounts, credit cards, or stores such as Amazon or the Apple Store which have a credit card number attached to them. Yes, bad guys will try to use a password that they have stolen from one account on your other accounts. Many people use the same password on all their accounts. Bad idea.
2. Use a password that is at least eight characters but longer is better. Do not use “password,” “12345678,” pet names, addresses, or any word in a dictionary. Don’t tape your password to your computer. Don’t share it with anybody – this includes your grandchildren.
3. Setup online access to your credit cards, and check them regularly. Call the 800 number on the back of your credit card immediately if you have any questions.
4. Be very suspicious of any links in any email. If you click on a link and your computer behaves in any unusual way, disconnect it from the internet. That is, unplug the computer or router from the cable that connects to the internet. This way, the bad guys cannot send an email to all your friends saying that you need money because you were mugged in London.
5. Make sure you have a current version of good antivirus software that is set to “automatic updates.”
Most importantly, please use the resources of the North Shore Senior Center’s Technology Learning Center. (It’s no accident that we shorten Technology Learning Center to “TLC.”) In addition to the many courses taught Mondays through Thursdays, they are open every Friday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. You will get free technical help on how to protect yourself from the bad guys or any other technology related issue.
Lastly, always remember:
Nobody from Nigeria is giving you $40 Million
Russian beauties are not looking to date you
FedEx, UPS or the USPS is not holding a valuable package
Your friend was not mugged in London
Your anti-virus program has not expired
Your bank did not lose your password
If it’s too good to be true, it probably is (My mother told me that)
The Department of Homeland Security has an outstanding online section about keeping your computer activities safe.