Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology


Information and Decision Sciences

First Reader/Committee Chair

Nestler, Vincent


Since the start of the pandemic in 2020 and the increase in teleworking, we have witnessed a subsequent increase in cyber-attacks. This project focused on the tools and techniques a teleworker should use to stay safe from online predators. An online predator or hacker is defined as someone who uses the internet to get access to proprietary information or seek a ransom. This project sought to introduce tools and techniques that would help people of all ages to stay safe online. The questions asked were: What techniques do online predators use to lure their unsuspecting victims? On the American Generation Timeline (AGT), which generations are impacted the most and why? What can be done to make the most affected generation(s) more secure? The project findings were: (1) Researching, Impersonating, Grooming, Taking Control, Intimidation, and Escape Plan are the five techniques that are used by online predators; (2) that Silent Generation and Generation Z are the most vulnerable; and (3) that using a combination of password protection, patching techniques, and anti-virus software installation would help minimize the number of cybercrime victims. Recommendations for further research include an extended investigation of why certain generational groups fall victim to certain predator attack types.