Most Millennials Don’t Trust Online Security Measures

An article review.

Maybe they don’t all have their heads in the sand


“Fewer than 5% of UK and US 16 to 35 year olds believe their digital identity is completely protected by effective safeguards.”

This data comes from a survey commissioned by the security firm Intercede. This generation of digital natives has grown up with a digital economy, and they’re rapidly losing faith in its security. The survey highlighted concerns with password-based authentication methods in particular.

  • 25% of consumers surveyed access more than 20 password protected websites, applications or devices in the course of a year.
  • 45% claimed to only changing their password when they were forced to do so.
  • Only 6% believe their data is completely secure based on the password policy they use.

Analysts believe this mistrust of security measures should serve as a warning to businesses that provide online products and services. After all, 54% of those surveyed felt that public distrust of companies and government entities will occur if they fail to protect identities and data.

Intercede chief executive Richard Parris indicated that the survey should be a call to organizations to stop “playing fast and loose” with personal data and people’s identities.

Trust can only be restored by turning to stronger authentication techniques. Smart companies should take the initiative to secure their client’s data, thereby protecting themselves and building their own competitive edge.

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Original article by Warwick Ashford of Computer Weekly.


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