Most of us probably received a lecture about humility at one point or another. Maybe it came from your mother or father. Maybe it came from your sibling. Maybe it came from a friend.
Regardless of where the message came from, there seems to be one group that isn't listening. When it comes to online security, this group isn't worried. They think they know everything.
According to the 2016 Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report, teenagers and adults born after 1980 rated themselves as having better knowledge of online security and considered themselves more tech savvy than any other group. But 50% of those surveyed had experienced crime online; 36% within the past year.
"Millennials," as this group is otherwise known, seem to think they're invincible when it comes to their activities online. As the first generation to grow up with the Internet, perhaps they mistake familiarity with security.
The Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report was produced by Symantec, one of the top security companies in the country. It's designed to examine consumers' online behaviors, attitudes and security habits. Plus, it explores the financial cost of cybercrime.
Symantec's Director of Security, Kevin Haley, has a theory as to why millennials are bigger targets for scammers. “Millennials use more devices and are connected more, so their exposure is bigger,” he said. “They’ve taken that feeling of invincibility and they’re out there all the time.”
He may have a point. The trends found in this report suggests millennials might be overly comfortable with online activities. Alarmingly, 31% of millennials admitted sharing their passwords with others for things like Netflix, email accounts and online banking.
Millennials aren't the only ones who confessed their bad habits. 62% of those surveyed admitted to using "bad" passwords, and 50% of parents surveyed stated they did very little to monitor their kids' activity online.
Cybercrime affects millions of people every year, yet there's a disconnect between public awareness and the action consumers take to protect themselves.
The "it won't happen to us" mindset exists with more than just millennials. In fact, every age group surveyed gave itself an “A” grade when it came to security behavior.
With the results of the report, Symantec hopes to bring awareness to this growing problem, and we hope it's successful. Here at Komando.com, we're always sharing security tips to help keep you safe.
Going online doesn't have to be risky. There are things you can do to protect yourself, like setting secure passwords for every online account, not opening emails from senders you don't know, clicking links with extreme caution, monitoring your credit report and financial accounts, and updating your device with the most current software.
How would you rate your online security? Let us know in the comments below.