Careful seniors in the digital world

New Year’s classes of the “E-Senior II” project – 2022-1-PL01-ESC30-SOL-000067331 seniors from the intermediate group started with a large dose of useful knowledge about cybercrime, and more precisely “phishing”. This is a relatively new issue and it is very important for seniors to be aware of its existence, because unlike other computer attacks that exploit errors, gaps or weaknesses in the software and its configuration, here the target of the attack is the person. In the case of phishing, the attacker usually uses the authority of the person or institution he impersonates, contacting, for example, as a supervisor, colleague, bank, electricity supplier, office, transport company or a well-known store.

As part of the classes, seniors solved quizzes in which they had to assess whether a given message is a scam or the truth. Thanks to such exercises, the participants tested their perceptiveness and familiarized their eyes with false news. Then each visited the website Have I Been Pwned? allowing you to control whether user data has been compromised during a data leak. People taking part in the classes also checked how strong their password is and how long it will take hackers to crack it. At the end of the classes, the seniors watched a video that showed a real conversation recorded between a fraudster and a potential victim of fraud.

Seniors were very active and showed a lot of knowledge about cybercrimes – they themselves gave examples of scams that are used by online thieves. Most people eagerly asked about the data that should not be provided over the Internet or by phone and how to behave if they suspect that they may be a victim of fraud.

The vigilance of our seniors is at a high level and they will definitely not be fooled by cyber fraud.