The internet can be terrifying for those new and still learning the ins and outs of technology. This fact can be especially true for older people, susceptible to scams and online threats. In 2020, just in the United States alone, cybercriminals earned over 1 billion dollars from victims 60 and older.
Here are Some Examples
Seniors are more vulnerable mainly because they are not entirely well-versed or up-to-date on the latest gadgets, terminology, and news in the tech space. As things change rapidly, even if you're young, keeping up with everything is almost impossible. Here are some of the most common online threats affecting seniors.
Malware is specifically designed software that is used to damage computers and devices to steal information or money from victims. The most typical malware types are ransomware, trojans, and spyware.
2. Data Breaches
A data breach is when a person's private information (such as email addresses, usernames, passwords, and even credit card numbers and social security numbers) is released to the world or dark web for financial gain.
Hackers are always looking for their next target. In the case of scams, they're out to find ways to intimidate, scam, or lure victims into giving them money under the guise that the scammer says they're from the bank or legitimate business.
4. Identity theft
Lastly, identity theft is a common ploy many criminals use, where they steal someone's information and attempt to sell it to the highest bidder.
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