Are Millennials Taking Cybersecurity Seriously?

Are Millennials Taking Cybersecurity Seriously?

Making Cybersecurity Real for Our Generation
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There’s a difference between knowing something and acting on it. For millennials, who’ve grown up with the internet and all it brings with it, cybersecurity threats have always been there. But has the young generation’s familiarity with technology desensitized them to the impact cyber threats can have on their lives?

Many young people openly admit they don’t follow best practices when browsing the internet. They are more careless with cybersecurity than baby boomers and generation X, one study found, and frequently use work devices outside the office, opening them up to potential hacking. That sounds like cause for concern. Is it?

Understanding Our Security Gap

Before you can evaluate how alert the young generation is on matters of cybersecurity, it’s important to consider the question of context. Millennials are hardly considered technologically illiterate. They are certainly more tech-savvy than other demographics, but the ability to use technology effectively is not the same as understanding the implications of how it is used.

What are the security practices millennials fail to use? They frequently share passwords, or use passwords less robust than recommended, for starters. In corporate settings, millennials are more likely than any other demographic group to move corporate data insecurely. Because they are more inclined to take advantage of work-from-home technology, millennials often use insecure third-party apps in inappropriate settings.

Some of the lack of security seems to stem from overconfidence in their understanding of cybersecurity concerns, which keeps millennials from communicating with IT departments and other security supervisors.

Change Begins With Education

Rather than allow young people to go through life assuming they’re protected during online communications, education systems need to take into account the importance of cybersecurity training. Some already do that, teaching teens how to avoid forfeiting sensitive information to things like phishing attacks and social media scams. There are even advanced-level programs like “Hacker High-School” that prepare young people for a future in the world of network security.

Instilling good habits and practices at a young age is important. As millennials age, they inherit a world where, more than ever before, all of their personal information and important data is available online. The stakes become more real when the health and wellbeing of your family are in question, not just your social network username and password.

Creating Careers in Cybersecurity

Another reason to inform young people on the subject of cybersecurity is the growing need for professionals in this field. Cyber crime isn’t going away any time soon, and as malicious software and scams become more creative every day, the need for professional security experts grows.

Allowing millennials to fall behind in the race to combat cyber crime would be a mistake in a time when many important new technologies are just around the corner. Take self-driving cars, for example. While the prospect of this technology sounds promising, huge questions about how to secure the infrastructure for such vehicles remain unanswered. The task of answering these questions and maintaining that infrastructure lies squarely with today’s young people.

Making Cybersecurity Real for Young People

The challenge to keep cyber crime at bay will remain as long as the internet plays a central role in our lives. That is something that won’t change any time soon. Some millennials feel, understandably, that the perceived threat is less imposing than their forebears would have them think.

That is a matter of perception, but it does seem millennials understand the technology even if the seriousness of threats hasn’t sunk in for them. For someone who grew up during a time when keeping information private was as simple as locking it away in a file cabinet, of course, the change is major. Could it be that millennials do understand the nature of these threats and are just unthreatened by them?

That is unquestionably the truth for some, but even so cyber criminals have demonstrated any door left open will be exploited. For the internet-using public to begin to fight back against a growing threat, the level of urgency must go up for young people.

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It's getting to that point in the year where people are starting to lose steam when it comes to their New Year's Resolutions. If you're like me, you make some pretty big goals, but then fall short on how to achieve them. We are all so connected to our phones, that sometimes the best way to keep track of our goals, is to use our phones. Here's a list of 5 apps that will help keep you on track for your New Year's resolutions.

1. Goodreads.

If one of your resolutions was to read more, then this is the app for you. Goodreads lets you set a reading goal for the year and track your progress. You can make reading lists and track your progress page by page. It also allows you to review books and read other people's reviews.

2. TV Time.

If one of your resolutions was to catch up on all of those shows that people talk about that you've never seen, then try TV Time. Much like Goodreads, it allows you to select what shows you want to watch, log shows you have watched, and track your progress episode by episode. It also lets you look at reviews and interact with other users.

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If you have made either a resolution to use your phone less or to focus more, try downloading Flora. Flora lets you set a timer 25 minutes up to almost 2 hours. Once you set a timer, a seed is planted on your phone and if you click any buttons, the plant will die. However, if you succeed and don't use your phone within the time you set, a tree will grow and will be added to your digital garden. If you need a little more incentive, you can bet real money that you won't lose. If you do lose, you pay the money and a real tree is planted in a rural community. When signing up with Facebook, you can also see how many trees your friends have planted.

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One of the New Year's resolutions people have is to be more productive. If you're like me, you're most productive when you have a list of the things you have to do. One List is the most simple to do list app I have found. You simply pull down on the screen to add something to the list. You can set a priority for each task and then they are automatically sorted from highest to lowest priority. Then you simply swipe to check a task off the list.

So, unless one of your resolutions was to reduce how much you use your phone or stop using your phone altogether, some of these apps are bound to help you achieve one of your resolutions.

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