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).
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.