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Older Means Wiser To Computer Security 181

An anonymous reader writes "Growing up in the digital age, 18 – 25s may appear to be a more tech-savvy generation, but that does not translate into safer computing and online practices. A new study reveals that they are the most at-risk group, and prone to cyber-attacks. That makes this group even more vulnerable to online security threats. Younger users tend to prioritize entertainment and community over security, perhaps due to overconfidence in their security knowledge. For example, they're more concerned about gaming or other social activities than their online security. They also have less sophisticated security software, and hence, have reported more security problems than other groups."
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Older Means Wiser To Computer Security

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  • Shocking... (Score:5, Funny)

    by NicBenjamin ( 2124018 ) on Friday June 22, 2012 @04:26PM (#40416165)

    18-25 year olds don't think bad things could happen to them.

    On the bright side an 18-25 year old probably doesn't have much worth stealing.

  • by seepho ( 1959226 ) on Friday June 22, 2012 @04:28PM (#40416187)

    perhaps due to overconfidence in their security knowledge

    Also arrogant, don't forget arrogant. Consequently, they should get off my lawn.

  • by sneakyimp ( 1161443 ) on Friday June 22, 2012 @04:30PM (#40416201)

    Yeah who needs those youngsters' data? It's all just music/video/games stolen from someone else anyway -- and all they have is that noise the kids are listening to these days -- none of that Clapton or Floyd we veterans need.

    We in the older crowd, on the other hand, know that LawnSentry is important to keep your lawn free of those virus infected younglings.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 22, 2012 @04:32PM (#40416225)

    The best firewall for Windows IS Linux!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 22, 2012 @04:52PM (#40416435)

    Hosts File: DO NOT SUMMON APK.

    It is too LATE for that because he has already been SUMMONED. It is too late for you to stop the POWER of the ETC/HOSTS file which I have used for the past fifteen years to protect my COMPUTER by linking to instead of which is faster for resolution times


    +------ P.S.
    +------> /etc/hosts FILES ARE SECURE AND CHECK OUT MY links [slashdot.org]

    Furthermore, studies have shown that one sentence per line is more effective than listing because last time I brought this up you ran from me like a coward [slashdot.org] .

  • by gestalt_n_pepper ( 991155 ) on Friday June 22, 2012 @04:52PM (#40416447)

    OK, here's my 54-year old doddering answer.

    For important things you can sign up for an instance of Linux on Amazon, connect, do whatever you need to do, and throw the instance away. For stuff that requires only minimal security, cough up some bucks, put on your big boy pants, slap 16 Gig of EE3 RAM into a new HP laptop and run a Linux VM web appliance on VMWare's free player or Virtual Box. Throw a keystroke encryptor on your windows host too. Sure, it's not perfect, but a dang good cheap firewall. Make sure you add Ghostery, first thing, or you'll be tracked by hundreds of different sites. The government/corporations may not come to track you down today, but your comments, even the innocent ones that mention your name, address, friends or family members may come back to haunt you in a few years.

    Or maybe next year. Because maybe you're just not paranoid enough yet.

    Now, (and it feels good to say this), "GET OFF MY LAWN!"

  • by Eponymous Hero ( 2090636 ) on Friday June 22, 2012 @05:04PM (#40416585)
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    How naive I was. Despite having what was supposedly the best "Stay Off The Lawn" sign out right then, a young whippersnapper stepped on my lawn and held my attention hostage. He was pretending to be a messenger from the National Security Agency telling me to buy some strange lawn sign I'd never heard of from a company I'd never heard of to remove this same young whippersnapper.

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    After returning home, I tried to fix it myself (despite the fact that even the professionals couldn't do it). After about a day or so, I was losing my very mind. I stopped going to work, stopped eating, was depressed, and I would very frequently throw my precious belongings across the room and break them; that is how bad this young whippersnapper was.

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  • by ackthpt ( 218170 ) on Friday June 22, 2012 @05:04PM (#40416595) Homepage Journal

    perhaps due to overconfidence in their security knowledge

    Also arrogant, don't forget arrogant. Consequently, they should get off my lawn.

    It may look like an iPod they're plugged into at their desk, but it's an industrial grade SEP Field Generator, going full tilt.

    and pull your pants up

  • by jd ( 1658 ) <imipak AT yahoo DOT com> on Friday June 22, 2012 @05:06PM (#40416615) Homepage Journal

    Back when I was 18, I found a library computer had been infected by a virus. I copied the infected program and found a clean version off the local public domain archives. Wrote a binary diff and extracted the inserted hook plus the attached virus. Looked at the code through a disassembler. It was ok, but that wasn't the important bit. The important bit is that I'd done software gene splicing.

  • by kelemvor4 ( 1980226 ) on Friday June 22, 2012 @05:38PM (#40416867)

    18-25 year olds don't think bad things could happen to them.

    On the bright side an 18-25 year old probably doesn't have much worth stealing.

    If they're in I.T. then they probably still have their virginity. You could steal that.

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