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Internet-savvy Millennials lax on cyber security

NewsJoanne Eisemann

EACH YEAR the number of Australians impacted by cyber criminals continues to rise. In 2017, over 6 million adult Australians were impacted by cybercrime and 46 per cent of Millennials fell prey to cybercrime, putting them in the lead as the most common group to be targeted.

A Norton by Symantec report revealed 37 per cent of Millennials admitted to having at least one device without any protective measures and were the group most likely to share their password. This is in significant contrast to Gen X users, where only a quarter had shared the passwords to their smartphones and laptops.

The good news is password hygiene is as easy as 1,2,3: 1. Create strong passphrases. 2. Use a different password across all of your accounts; and 3. Don’t share your password with anyone!

In 2017, over 6 million Australians were impacted by cybercrime.

In 2017, over 6 million Australians were impacted by cybercrime.