You Could Be Hacked

We assume that hackers directly target people rather than, for example, sending out phishing emails to everyone they can get an email address for, or leaving an infected file ready for someone to download when they’re trying to look at a website with discounted computers.

The vast majority of hacking is for quick financial gain.

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This post originally appeared on Campus.ie

Young people don’t care much about data security according to a recent study by Norton Antivirus.

Of a poll of 500 people under 35, Norton found that while young people were concerned about their online security and privacy, they were unlikely to do anything to protect themselves online.

72% did not have security software on their device, 49% had low privacy settings on social media sites, 72% did not regularly back up their files and 48% admitted to using variations of the same password for every site.

It is therefore unsurprising that 55% of those polled said that had been affected by a computer virus, 26% by a phishing scam and 14% by ransomware attacks.

Given that young people are the most tech-savvy generation, why are we leaving ourselves open to online attacks?

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