How cyber-savvy are older mobile device users?

C. Chia, Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, D. Fehrenbacher

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Singapore has one of the highest mobile device penetration rates in Asia, as well as one of the fastest aging populations in the region. Mobile users aged 45 and above grew up in an era when information and communication technologies were not as advanced and English language education was scarce. Considering these factors, this group is less likely to be conscious of mobile security. Our survey of 55 elderly participants suggested that most of them are generally unaware of security and privacy risks associated with the mobile device usage. Thus, we make recommendations for this user group with the aim of reducing cybercrime victimization using the Situational Crime Prevention Theory. Our findings underscore the need for regular ongoing cybercrime educational programs and the promotion of a culture of security among older digital immigrants.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobile Security and Privacy: Advances, Challenges and Future Research Directions
EditorsMan Ho Au, Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo
Place of PublicationCambridge MA USA
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780128046296
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Cybersafety
  • Mobile safety
  • Older people and technology
  • Situational Crime Prevention Theory

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