Older Adults Are Increasingly Targeted by Online and E-mail Scams
When people think about cybersecurity threats, Stephanie Helm said, they often think only about the technical side — the ways in which electronic devices can be compromised and data stolen.
They sometimes forget about the human side of the equation — but that’s where older adults are often especially at risk.
“There’s a technical vulnerability that can be exploited, whether it’s somebody’s password, exploiting a vulnerability because they failed to update the device to include a patch, or maybe they’re using an unsecured WiFi when they’re in a public location,” said Helm, director of the MassCyberCenter. “So there’s a technical component that everyone using the internet is facing today.”
Just as critical, however, is what she calls the “social engineering of the individual,” where a victim willingly divulges information based on…