Young people are overconfident with online security, survey suggests

By Johnny Lieu | Mashable

As a relatively young person, I would like to think that I’m on pretty on top of technology — and perhaps by extension, security.

It doesn’t seem to be the case with other younger users, with a survey commissioned by Google suggesting young people are overconfident when it comes to keeping their online accounts safe.

A Harris Poll, which surveyed 3,000 adults in the U.S., said 78 percent of Gen Z (16-24 year olds) admitted they use the same password for multiple online accounts.

“Younger users are digital natives; they don’t remember a time without smartphones,” Emily Schechter, a product manager for Chrome Security at Google, told Mashable. “I think this must be super influential to how they think about technology and security.”

Baby Boomers (aged 50+) fare best, with 60 percent of these users sharing a password over multiple accounts. 67 percent of 25-49 year olds do the same.

In case it wasn’t clear, sharing passwords across different online accounts isn’t a good idea. And there’s other things to consider with your password: Ensure they’re more than eight characters, make it longer if you can, and use a password manager, among other things.

The kids are also overconfident about phishing, where 71 percent of Gen Z respondents say they wouldn’t fall for a phishing scam, yet, only 44 percent knew what “phishing” means.

Read more at Mashable.