Survey: Many Baby Boomers Lack Digital Security Knowhow

Oct 1, 2012 16:17:52Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

Survey: Many Baby Boomers Lack Digital Security Knowhow

The Baby Boomer generation has always embraced change, which may explain why many members of the demographic are keen to keep up with the latest technology, from smartphones to tablets. However, some tech-savvy adults may be lacking when it comes to safeguarding their devices, according to a survey from AVG Technologies.

Researchers asked a group of baby boomers, defined as those between the ages of 46 and 64, about their use of certain technologies, as well as their knowledge and implementation of internet security measures.

The survey results show that the vast majority of baby boomers own desktop computers, while 61 percent use laptops. Around 30 percent have smartphones, and 20 percent use tablets for online shopping purchases.

But despite the high percentage of baby boomers who use technology, a full 65 percent admitted they don't check their online bank statements more than once a week. Keeping an eye on your bank statement makes it easier to detect fraudulent purchases.

Baby boomers didn't fare much better in terms of mobile security. More than half of the respondents said they didn't use a password to protect their cellphone. Another 45 percent didn't backup their data, meaning they would have to reenter their personal information manually should they lose their device and purchase a new phone. Around 20 percent of baby boomers said they have shared their password with at least one other person.

"Mobile devices have become extremely popular with aging parents and grandparents," said CEO of AVG Technologies J.R. Smith. "Tablets and smartphones simply make life easier by allowing access to family photos, banking, shopping and medical records from any location at any time. What they don't know is that public WiFi, for example, makes them extremely vulnerable to data theft. And you don't have to be a grandpa to leave your iPad in a taxi."