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Why Millennials are at the most risk of online threats

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Millennials – those aged 35 and under – have been identified as the generation that is most at risk of online threats, according to the latest research by internet security company Norton.

The reason: they are willing to gamble their privacy and security for a life online.

Norton conducted a nationwide poll of 1000 people – 500 under the age of 35 – and found that despite being familiar with online technology, a third engaged in risky online behaviour.

“The Norton survey reveals millenials use online platforms more than any other age group,” said Mark Gorrie, Director, Norton by Symantec, Pacific region.

“They own a tablet, laptop and at least one smartphone, and increasingly use all devices simultaneously. They are savvy with social media and are always connected, sharing more information online than any other age group.

“However millennials are also the generation most willing to gamble their privacy and security in exchange for a life online.”

The survey revealed mote than one in four (28 per cent) millennials admitted to sharing virtually everything about their day to day lives online.

Meanwhile 49 per cent are using social media sites with low privacy settings.

But Millennials behavior online also affects their real lives with one in three warned by their employers about what they posted online.

Ironically 16 per cent felt like they have overshared information online and 14 per cent later regretting what they’ve shared online.

Cybercrime continues to be the bane of Millennials with 55 per cent affected by a virus, 26 per cent by a phishing scam, 16 per cent by identity theft and 14 per cent by randomware.

In terms of privacy and security, Millennials are still very concerned about the safety of their online information (62 per cent).

But the study found 72 per cent did not have security on their devices compared with 55 per cent of Australians aged over 55.

And 52 per cent didn’t even have a password on their home wireless network.

“Millennials are the first generation born into the online world. They have made the digital world a fantastic platform to learn, connect and interact with friends and family across geographies and time zones,” says Norton’s Gorrie.

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‘However some continue to sacrifice privacy and security for a life online. Millennials need to be wary of the content they share, tweet, post and upload to avoid any future regrets online.

“This includes turning off location settings on certain applications and taking a break from posting information on social networks.”

Norton Top Tips to Stay Safe Online:

* Keep your computer current with the latest patches and security updates

* Choose strong passwords and keep them safe

* Protect your computer with security software, such as Norton 360 Multi-Device

* Shield your personal information

* Beware of scams – online offers that look too good to be true usually are

* Turn off location settings on smartphones

* Read privacy policies for applications

* Be aware of your mobile security

* Be careful what you share on social media – think twice about posting revealing photos

* Backup information regularly – documents, photos, passwords etc.