What does it take to remain secure on Internet in the era of ransomware and mass malware attacks? If you think it is awareness of how Internet operates, you must think one more time. Knowledge counts as much as awareness since it has become known that an extremely knowledgeable demographic came out as a simple target for cyber attackers.
Millennials—those who were born in the period from 1980 and 2000—are believed to be digital natives as they were weaned away on Internet. That is why they are more tech-knowledge persons than earlier generations. Still, astonishingly, they are simple targets for cyber attackers. As per 2016 Norton Cyber Security Insights report, millennials are the most frequently impacted victims all over the world, with 40% experiencing it in the last year. Almost more than 55% of millennials in our country faced cyber offense.
The report claimed that 39% of millennials in India either knew someone who faced ransomware or had faced the ransomware themselves. Almost 18% of victims in millennials gave the ransom but did not received authorization to their data. How did an age group so recognizable with cyber threats turned out to be defenseless to cyber crime?
Below are a couple of reasons, as per the Norton report:
The main cause behind the defenselessness of millennials is shortage of caution. An indication of this propensity is giving of passwords. Millennials are so negligent about password safety that they can be dubbed as the generation of password sharing. Almost 34% of millennials studied for the report confessed of sharing passwords of different accounts.
Millennials are more probable to utilize private Wi-Fi networks as well as public ones. In the study, 30% of millennials approved to have utilized Wi-Fi network of their neighbor with no permission, than 22% of in general respondents. While almost 25% of general respondents frequently utilized connections of public Wi-Fi available at coffee shops, airports, and so on, more millennials, almost 33%, are prone to the practice. Utilization of Wi-Fi without sufficient precaution makes the handset defenseless to cyber assaults. Millennials are not sufficiently responsive towards this danger.