Kaspersky Lab: When it comes to Internet security, consumers over the age of 45 are more cautious than younger Internet users about sharing information, but do not have enough knowledge to detect a potential scam or imminent threat.
According to recent Kaspersky Lab surveys on consumer habits, people aged 24 years and below are more willing to reveal personal information on the Internet and take fewer steps to protect themselves. At the same time, they better understand the potential threats and recognize them more easily.
The survey found that for younger consumers, data exchange on the Internet is a daily occurrence, with 83% receiving personal messages on the Internet. The equivalent rate for people over 45 years is only 53%. Also, 23% of adolescents admit that they have shared inappropriate content over the Internet at least once, and the equivalent rate for older users is 7%.
The new generation is more impatient when it comes to installing software and downloading files. 26% said it was bypassing the details of the terms and conditions when installing a software. This could mean that they do not know what kind of data they have accessed, which add-ons they may have installed or how they could have changed their operating system settings. On the other hand, only 12% of users over 45 years ignore fine print. Newer users also pay less attention when downloading files, with about one in three (31%) downloading files from different sources, compared to 10% of the most mature users.
One out of four (24%) people aged 24 years and below would disable their security solution if they prevented installing any software. Something similar would only be the 13% of the older respondents.
However, according to Kaspersky Lab's research, when faced with a potential threat, younger people are more experienced in detecting malware. When asked to download a four-sample song, one out of three young people (30%) chose the most dangerous ".exe" file, compared with almost half (42%) people over 45 years. The safe choice of ".wma" chose only one in five older users, but the 29% of younger ones.
Based on their less moderate online behaviors, it is no surprise that younger consumers are more likely to become victims of "malware" infection. 2015, the victim of "infection" by malware, dropped 57% of people under 24 years, compared with 34% of older users. Due to the lack of knowledge and experience about online dangers, older malware victims were more likely to say they did not understand how they were "infected" (17% compared to just 10% of the under 24 years).
«While it is clear that the more mature Internet users are likely to risk less than their personal information, when faced with a digital threat they have less knowledge of recognizing and coping with it. In any case, it is important that users of all ages are cautious and cautious and aware of the possible online courses threats, irrespective of the frequency and the reasons for using the Internet. They also need to have a security solution installed that will provide them with complete protection when downloading and installing files as well as during their online communication, remarked David Emm, Principal Security Researcher Kaspersky Lab.
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