Thursday, 1 December 2016

Are Millennials More Likely To Fall For Tech Support Scams?

Are Millennials More Likely To Fall For Tech Support Scams?

Younger people know what they're doing with technology, right? A Microsoft survey suggests that might not entirely be the case. Sarah Dobbs finds out more...

There's a stereotype for the kind of person who falls for tech support scams. You know the one: when you think about tech support scams, you imagine the person picking up the phone as nervous, not particularly tech-savvy, and probably in an older age bracket. Old enough not to have grown up with computers and the internet, but old enough to have learned to use a computer at work, probably. The kind of person who has a PC at home, but probably has their password written down on a Post-It note stuck to the monitor, because they don't use it often enough to have committed it to muscle memory. You definitely wouldn't think of the so-called 'digital natives'. The generation who grew up using computers every day at school would know better, surely?

California Streams

game streaming

...and so does half the world, it seems. Kevin Pocock skims a gaming phenomenon

Whatever the future of media creation, it's fairly likely there'll be someone sitting at home, broadcasting to the world while receiving support, followers or some sort of income. In a sense, the die is cast: YouTubers can earn millions and command book deals. So what's next? If I had to wager. I'd place my polymer notes at the feet of streaming. Not the streaming of on-demand services, or the watching of 'professionally created' content. No. I'd bet that streaming of games is where the money, mass entertainment, and next surge of interest leads. I'd be cheating a bit as well, because it's already happening.