Millennials Are More Gullible To Online Scams
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Never before have IT support NYC services been so important. For our parents, there were telemarketers. They invaded our parents’ landlines at odd hours of the day with hopes of selling anything from insurance to credit scores. And for much of our parents’ lives, there were no cell phones or caller ID. Which means our parents had no choice but to pick up and hope for the best. But eventually, new technology came out and our parents learned when to ignore a call. But as technology advanced for those on the receiving end, so did it for those on the offensive.
In 2016, telemarketers might as well be considered a thing of the past. Millennials have an entirely new and evolved beast to worry about. They have the Internet. A sea of funny memes, political commentary, and the most elaborate scams you’ve ever seen. While marketers have grown all the more clever, studies are now showing that their supposedly tech savvy younger targets are becoming more all the more vulnerable. As it turns out, millennials are apparently the most gullible target of our times.
Microsoft recently performed an investigation of 1,000 computer users. The participants of this study were not limited to any age, background, or location. Microsoft instead gathered data from throughout the world from people of all ages. What they found was a rampant trend of scammers disguised as Microsoft technicians gaining access to people’s personal files and scamming their way out of mid-sized to large quantities of money. But what’s most surprising was that the demographic they found to be most likely to fall for this scam were those of the younger generation.
To be exact, those between the ages of 18 to 24 were reportedly two and a half times more likely to fall for an online scam than senior citizens. And those between the ages of 25 and 34 were three times more likely. Say what you will about how long it takes grandma to find the Enter key. She’s not the one coughing up 300 bucks to a complete stranger claiming your network is in jeopardy!
An Explanation As To Why
Millennials spend a lot more time online than their elderly counterparts. They invest a much larger percentage of their personal and professional lives to their computers. And as a result, they cherish their computers to a much larger extent than do senior citizens. The threat of somehow, inadvertently compromising the contents of a millennial’s computers is thus much more devastating.
In addition, millennials are much more aware over the threat of ransomware, which is in fact a rapidly expanding issue for personal computers as much as it is for small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs). Ransomware is a real problem that all computer users should be aware of. But that doesn’t mean that anyone should seek out tech support from someone who they cannot confirm has their best interest at heart.