Gen Z is the most vulnerable generation to online scams, according to a recent survey by Deloitte. This is despite the fact that Gen Z is also the most digitally savvy generation.
According to Deloitte, Gen Z simply uses technology more than any other generation. This means they are more likely to encounter scams through email, social media, and other online platforms.
Also, Gen Z is more trusting online than older generations. This is because they have grown up with the internet and are more comfortable interacting with people and businesses online.
In addition, cybersecurity education for school-aged children is not doing a great job of talking about online safety in a way that resonates with younger people.
Kyla Guru, a 21-year-old cybersecurity advocate, notes that Gen Z acknowledges the threats but struggles to translate this awareness into prudent online behavior. As the generation that shapes the future, they encounter scams across various facets of their lives – from social media impersonation to e-commerce pitfalls.
To help Gen Z protect themselves from online scams, they should be educated about the different types of scams that exist. They should also be made aware of the different ways that scammers try to trick people online. This includes phishing emails, romance scams, and social media impersonation scams.
Also, they should be taught how to identify scams and red flags, as well as encouraging them to use strong passwords and two-factor authentication.
The sources for this piece include an article in Vox.