From 2000 to today, the gap between the oldest and youngest Internet users has narrowed from 56 to 44 percentage points.
The perception that only young people use the Internet is long gone. The fact is one thing: the online world has absorbed us all. We may not like it, but by "everyone", we mean from toddlers to the elderly. And therefore, we all belong to the digital generation.
“Αυτό όμως δε σημαίνει ότι όλοι αντιλαμβανόμαστε και χρησιμοποιούμε την τεχνολογία με τον ίδιο τρόπο” αναφέρει η Alžbeta Kovaľová από την εταιρεία ψηφιακής ασφάλειας ESET.
In 2021, the Pew Research Center conducted a survey, in which it recorded the use of the digital world by different generations. The interesting finding of the study is that from 2000 to today, the gap between the oldest and youngest Internet users has narrowed from 56 to 44 percentage points.
The evidence does not lie and proves that in fact all generations are part of the digital world. The difference lies in their participation, their beliefs and the way they use it. Generations perceive technology and innovation based on their own backgrounds and knowledge. And this shows differences between almost all generations. Many of them came into a world already full of technology, others had to adapt to it at a more mature age.
Different generations, different digital behavior
Κάτι αντίστοιχο ισχύει και με την ψηφιακή ασφάλεια. Το να μεγαλώνει μια γενιά με την τεχνολογία δεν την κάνει αυτόματα πιο συνειδητοποιημένη όσον αφορά την ιδιωτικότητα και την ασφάλεια. Η μελέτη του ηγέτη της βιομηχανίας NTT δείχνει ότι οι άνθρωποι άνω των 30 ετών είναι πιο πιθανό να υιοθετήσουν καλύτερες πρακτικές ασφάλειας από ό,τι η νεότερη γενιά Z.
Generation Z (those born in the 90s to the early 2010s), although they grew up surrounded by technology and the dangers it entails, are much more relaxed and less responsible. They value flexibility and productivity over attention and responsibility. Additionally, the study found that nearly 40% of Millennials (born in the 80s to late 90s) would choose to pay a ransom or have already paid in the past in ransomware attacks.
Another study shows something similar. LastPass studied people's online password behavior. It revealed that from Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), to Generation Z, people approach their digital security and protection differently. They found that despite their exposure to technology at a young age, Gen Zers are less concerned about their security.
On the contrary, the Millennials and Baby Boomers they are more concerned about their safety online and are taking extra steps to ensure their digital safety.
Different generations, different digital threats
Different generations' use of technology and approaches to digital security are not only different, but the threats that await them in the digital world are also different.
Since all generations behave and act differently, they are vulnerable to different types of online security threats. For example, for teenagers and young adults, currently Generation Z and Alpha (the generation born from the 2010s to the middle of the current decade), one of the biggest threats is cyberbullying. Older generations are especially at risk from financial attacks, identity theft and other security attacks.
Their subject matter knowledge also varies, making them more or less vulnerable to digital threats.
In terms of usage, children as young as 3 use the devices to watch videos, while older ones use them to stay connected with their families. And for everyone in between, whether it's Millennials or Baby Boomers, online behaviors are different and it's clear that there are different approaches to digital security.
However, whether you are a security expert or a simple user, without proper protection and training, you can fall victim to malicious players online at any time.
Digital security in the… auto?
It is becoming clear that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to digital security.
Whether it is the personal safety, privacy and security of the individual or the protection of a business, the solution is not fixed. Personalized protection, however, is not always possible. Everyone's needs are different and satisfying them all would be practically impossible. Some people and businesses prefer to have somewhat more or less control over their protection, while others prefer not to deal with it at all.
Perhaps the easiest solution in such cases is to have protection that we will not take care of. Something like a discreet knight who will protect our digital world at all times.
One such solution is when the telecom company or internet service provider takes care of our protection directly, so that we don't even have to deal with it. Such a solution can be integrated into a product offered by the ISP or the telecommunications company. This security approach can give customers peace of mind knowing that their provider is taking care of their digital security.
These are products that provide complete malware protection, privacy protection and phishing protection on all personal devices. Finally, they make safe and secure browsing a matter of course, keeping devices safe and online browsing safe from suspicious domains and websites.