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Report: Canadian Millennials savvy on Tech but sloppy on Security
New research suggests millennials, highly valued by many employers for their tech smarts, may actually be the weakest demographic link in Canada when it comes to cyber security.
Despite fearing cyber crime less than all other surveyed age groups, millennials are the most likely to share their passwords and have been victimized by cybercriminals more than any other demographic, according to a Symantec Corp. poll of 1,004 Canadians.
Although the survey focuses on personal technology use, its findings could prove eye-opening for workplace managers due to the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon. (In a 2013 Avanade study, over half of Canadian businesses said the majority of their employees used personal devices to do company work, a number that has likely increased since then.)
In the new Symantec report, almost one quarter of all Canadians surveyed admitted to sharing their passwords for email, banking, social media or online entertainment accounts. The majority of them (35 per cent) were millennials aged 18 to 34, followed by those aged 35 to 54 (20 per cent) and the 55-plus baby boomers (18 per cent).
Most of the people surveyed (42 per cent) believe white-haired Canadians are the most likely to fall victim to black hat hackers. In reality, Canadians aged 55 and up suffered the lowest amount of cyber crime with just 16 per cent reporting they’ve been victimized online during the past year. Millennials were the hardest hit among all groups, with 29 per cent reporting a cyber incident during the previous 12 months.