Privacy Perils: Respect Your Elders

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It is a commonly-held belief that younger, more tech-savvy individuals are less likely to engage in risky cyber practices than their “senior,” pre-internet counterparts. Recent evidence, however, indicates to the contrary. Chubb’s 2019 Cyber Risk Survey revealed these surprising statistics:

Age Group Delete Suspicious Emails Regularly Monitor Their Financial Statements Enrolled in a Cybersecurity Monitoring Service
Over 55 77% 74% 53%
35 – 54 55% 57% 41%
18 – 34 36% 33% 29%

Vigilance, not vigor, produces safe cyber practices. In fairness, it is not the wisdom that comes with age that explains the survey results. In fact, “that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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