Study: youth giving too much away online

May 30, 2017 3:05 pm5 commentsViews: 18

onlineJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – YOUNGER generations are at most risk of having their data landing in the wrong hands by sharing too much information or photos on social media.
According to findings, young people are the most likely to share private and sensitive photos of themselves with others – 61 percent of those aged 16-24 admit to this form of sharing, compared to just 38 percent of the over 55s.
This pattern also extends to financial information, with two-fifths of young people sharing their financial and payment details (42 percent of 16-24 year olds) with others, compared to just 27 percent of 55+ year olds.
“Over-sharing personal data with people and companies is a really dangerous habit to get into,” said Andrei Mochola, Head of Consumer Business at Kaspersky Lab.
Kaspersky Lab has lift the lid on just how much personal data people are sharing in the public domain.
The research shows that globally, the majority (93 percent) of people share their information digitally, with 70 percent of these sharing photos and videos of their children and 45 percent sharing private and sensitive videos and photos of others.
Mochola said while sharing information with others was inevitable, disclosing important and sensitive information with other people at the push of a button was risky.
“Users are literally putting their precious data, and even the devices that store it, in the hands of others.”
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