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Raytheon study highlights strengths, deficiencies of Millennials

Grant Hatchimonji | Oct. 29, 2013
Study finds cybersecurity practices of a generation that grew up with the Internet embedded in their lifestyles are strong in some senses, weak in others

Nevertheless, there appears to be interest on the part of Millennials in protection, even if it isn't on a professional level. 82 percent of respondents said that their laptop or desktop was protected by either a password or some other kind of security measures, while 61 percent and 30 percent said that their mobile phone or tablet, respectively, were protected.

Millennials appear to have somewhat responsible online activity as well. For example, 44 percent of respondents saying that they read the privacy policy of an app while installing it. Additionally, 12 percent asked someone to delete a post that contained information about them, while 39 percent deleted a post that they had second thoughts about.

In terms of online accounts, however, there seemed to be less diligent behavior; only 29 percent of respondents had changed their passwords for their social media and online bank accounts in the last month. Perhaps more alarming, however, is that 20 percent had never changed their online bank account password at all. Bearing such statistics in mind, it would appear that there is still more work to be done in instilling the proper habits and practices among Millennials for secure online behavior.


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