Yes Chedwick, have to agree with you on that. Not just senior citizens, but many people who are rather naive in the land of computers.
Example: couple of years back I was visiting some family friends who are rather elderly. They'd very recently had internet installed and basically
knew how to send an email (as grandson had taught them) but had zero idea of security. The man (eighty if he was a day) asked me to check his email
service for him because he wasn't sure if he'd sent his email correctly, as he'd had no replies.
So I said, "Okay, just log in to your email and show me what you want me to check."
He replied, "Oh, you can log in for me as you're already at the computer..."
And then -- he told me his password!
I explained to him that his password should be secret, but he just laughed, "Oh, but it's no use to anyone who's not using my computer, is it?"
Yes, he thought the email account password only worked on the computer where it was first set up...
These were clever people, but their lack of knowledge of the big, bad world of cyber crime would leave them sitting ducks for companies like the one
mentioned in the OP... Hard to see what the solution might be in such cases, though.
Now, if a total stranger rolled up on your doorstep and offered to take copies of all your personal info and store it in a safe deposit somewhere for
fifty bucks a year, you'd probably be wary and so would I. But it seems that because it's on the www, somehow this concept of wariness seems to be set
aside by many.
edit on 26/12/10 by JustMike because: typos