Online security tops the charts as the most important factor for millennials looking to find their ‘Digital Comfort Zone’ at home, despite the fact that over a third of them (which is around 37%) think they’re too boring to be the victim of cybercrime.
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Kaspersky’s latest global report explores how we are changing our habits to ensure we are comfortable with the role of technology in our lives, although millennials intend to tighten up their online security, their actions tell a different story.
Almost half (52%) of millennials now say that they only run trustworthy apps on their devices from official stores such as Apple Store and Google Play, and 49% run regular anti-virus scans on each of their devices to protect themselves. However, a mischievous streak also appears in 13% of millennials who admitted to using their neighbours Wi-Fi in the past without them knowing.
Andrew Winton, Vice President of Marketing at Kaspersky said: “2020 has been a defining year for the digital home, with many of us all over the world in lockdown, the amount we interact with, and rely on, technology has increased dramatically. Because of this, we wanted to conduct a study that would unveil just how much this year has impacted our actions and our feelings when it comes to our digital life; what are our ‘digital comfort zones’, and what they mean to us now?”
“It’s not a surprise that millennials who will shape how society uses technology for years to come, are placing more emphasis on digital security - particularly as the line between work and home becomes increasingly blurred. Protecting ourselves from digital threats can be simple, and this helps us better understand how we can help optimize safety within individual ‘digital comfort zones,’” he added.
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To make sure your devices and personal data remain protected on the internet, millennials must remember to:
Pay attention to the website’s authenticity. Do not visit websites until you are sure they are legitimate and start with https. Try looking for reviews of sites that seem suspicious to you.
Keep a list of your online accounts so you have a full understanding of which services and websites may be storing your personal information.
Block the installation of programs from unknown sources in your smartphone’s settings and only install apps from official app stores.
Use a privacy checker to help make your social media profiles more private. It will make it harder for third parties to find highly personal information.
Make sure you do not give your personal information, especially your password details on unsecured websites!
By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat