IELTS Writing Practices #64

Adi Slamet Kusuma
2 min readMar 19, 2024


When answer is: I think this is a positive development

In recent days, there is an increasing number of individuals taking the advantage of online applications to send money to friends, family, and various businesses. Although there are some possible risks especially for less tech-savvy people, in my opinion, this is a largely positive development.

Those who oppose sending money online point out the potential dangers. When transferring money online, there is a chance that one’s password could be exposed to hackers, the transaction may be fraudulent, or the senders themselves might make a mistake in how much money is transferred. Most younger people are able to avoid these complications but older users are particularly vulnerable to fraud. For instance, every year thousands of retired citizens fall victim to identity theft after opening phishing emails and naively clicking on the links inside. Many of these individuals are unable to recover their money afterward as cyber crime is a complex, international problem.

However, online transfers are tremendously convenient for the vast majority. In the past, a person who wanted to make a transfer to a family member, friend, or business would have to make a trip to the bank, wait in line, and fill in various forms. Not only do online transfers save time but they also allow for greater flexibility. Users can transfers sums to multiple parties, monitor their transactions, cancel them or ask for refunds, and keep their own records with ease. All these features would previously require additional trips and phone calls with a physical bank. In the aggregate/As a whole, the time saved is a significant factor for individuals and business and the main reason online banking has become the de facto norm in recent years.

In conclusion, individuals must be mindful of potential fraud; however, transferring money online is a clearly beneficial technological advancement. There is little doubt that it will only become more pervasive in the future.