Older, younger internet users are being targeted with various online threats





Most users between the ages of 18 and 44 use their smartphones to get online, making them targets of adware, mobile banking Trojans, SMS scams and even TikTok and Instagram malware.

According to a report by cybersecurity firm Avast, internet and smartphone users of different age groups are victims of different types of cyberattacks, depending on their usage and the primary device used to get online.

The company surveyed more than 16,000 online users of various age groups in more than 17 countries, including India, the US, Russia and Australia.

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Users over the age of 65 mainly use their desktop computers or laptops to get online, making them susceptible to ransomware, tech support scams, spyware and botnets, which can be accidentally or unknowingly downloaded or accessed via links in emails or via malicious websites.

Most users between the ages of 18 and 44 use their smartphones to get online, making them targets of adware, mobile banking Trojans, SMS scams and even TikTok and Instagram malware.

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Mant users of all age groups, including those in the 35-44 age group, are also vulnerable to search engine scams, such as phishing attacks, and financial scams via adware and ransomware.

“Different generations may see the internet differently and have different online experiences, something to keep in mind when having conversations about online safety at home,” the report added.




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