Are young people more knowledgeable about information security than their elders?
I believe that young people are more knowledgeable when it comes to security. The reason being that my generation has been brought up with daily use of computers. We have more experience than most of the older population. This does not mean that everyone from my generation knows how to stay secure while online.
Are young people concerned about privacy online?
Everyone says they are worried about their privacy, but young people have already posted all kinds of information about themselves on Facebook, Twitter, and many other social networks Even if the settings on that site lower the visibility to the public eye, they are still there. I’m not sure if young people believe privacy of their information to be important since it is already up there. If it is banking information then we worry, but if not, then it is less of a concern.
How concerned about information security are young people?
Personally, I don’t believe that young people are worried about information security at all. We all fret when something goes wrong, but before something happens, security is not always important. I think the reason for this is that we are not the ones paying for it. It also depends on what kind of computer they are using, and the marketing out there. I remember when I got my MacBook, I thought it was immune to harmful internet malware. I started downloading more movies and music, something I would have not done on my old laptop which was a PC.
Here are the results of the survey that I sent to my friends: