October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and MACo’s Platinum Corporate Partner AT&T wants to make sure you’re cyber safe.
From AT&T’s website:
How cybersecure are you?
Odds are good you can do more.
New research done for AT&T* shows people of all ages are not using best practices to stay safe online and protect themselves from fraud.
AT&T’s cross-generational survey checked out how much people knew about the best online safety practices. It also looked at how often they were getting hit with frauds and scams, and what steps they are taking to protect themselves and loved ones.
Key findings include ways that the generations are the same, and ways they are different.
Where generations are the same:
- About 90% across generations have experienced a scam that tries to “phish” for their personal information, such as a suspicious email or robocall.
- About a quarter of people across generations have discovered a virus or malicious software on one of their devices.
Where generations are different:
- Adults in their 70s and older are nearly twice as likely as people in their 30s to have experienced the “fake technician” scam, where someone calls and wants access to your computer to run a “security scan.”
- Older adults lag behind younger ones in using “two-factor authentication.” That’s when a text or email is sent to confirm an account log-in. Only a quarter of people who are 60 or older use 2FA, compared to nearly 40% of people in their 30s.
- Younger adults are not leaders in every category. They trail their elders on password safety. 60% of people who are 60 or older use different passwords for different accounts, compared to 41% of people in their 30s. The younger adults also use personal information in their passwords twice as often as the older adults.
AT&T can help you test your cyber smarts and learn how well your accounts, devices and information are protected online.
For more information, or to take their Cyber Aware Quiz, visit AT&T’s website.
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