Two tech tips to teach your millennial kids

Attention millennials, stop complaining about how you're always teaching your parents technology:  two very important tech skills that put you to shame are their passwords and privacy smarts.

01   Millennials are outright careless with passwords.

According to a report released by Gigya who surveyed 4,000 adults in the US and UK, those over 50-years-old are nearly half as likely as their millennial counterparts to use bad passwords like "123456", or our personal favorite, "password".  In another survey of over 1,000 US adults, millennials by far represented the largest age group of people using the same password across multiple accounts.

One reason could be that older adults are much more likely to use a password manager to keep track of strong, unique passwords.  Millennials often create two or three variations of the same password to save them the extra step of having to use a password manager, but that laziness comes at a cost of security.


Millennials are also more likely to share passwords to split up the cost of subscription-based services.  Millennials, your passwords aren't selfies—they shouldn't be shared.  It's about time you're 22-year-old sister shells out the $8.99 it takes to purchase her own Netflix account.

While unfortunately seniors are disproportionately targets of phishing attacks and online scams, when it comes to password security its not even close who reigns supreme.

02   Seniors are more likely to read (imagine that).

A similar report from Axios found that people ages 65 and older are much more likely to read privacy policies before acceptance of terms and moving forward.  Only 15% of older adults say they always accept a privacy policy without reading it, compared to 46% of their younger millennial counterparts who always willingly move forward without reading.

Younger generations with short attention spans are not likely to let a privacy policy get between them and binge-watching Game of Thrones or ordering that Uber.  Corporations know the grasp they have on millennials.  Many of the world's largest tech companies have a huge base of millennial users who would rather turn a blind eye to aggressive privacy policies than forego the service altogether.  Common sense has long been a sensible substitute for experience, but when it comes to millennials and data privacy the reality is much different.

One perfect example that exploded with popularity in 2020 is Beijing-based social video app TikTok.  Several countries and US-based companies banned the app altogether, citing security concerns regarding data sharing ranging from personal privacy violations to outright national security issues.  But once again, millennials will turn a blind eye in favor of posting short, quirky videos about themselves.

Way to go, seniors!


So the next time your kids or grandkids tell you your stuck in the past on Windows 98, stick it to them because you'll have the last laugh when millennials find it impossible to digitally reclaim their lives.

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