Senior Employees are Less Likely to Fall for Phishing Scams: Google Report

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Older generation seems to hold a deeper understanding of cybersecurity compared to younger users of technology / Eviart via Shutterstock


While senior employees are less likely to believe they won't be victims of phishing scams, the younger generation of workers are more vulnerable to such attacks, this according to a recent report by Google.

Made in partnership with Harris Poll, the report showed that even with the less appealing stereotypes to older generations, they are likely to be more aware of the concerns and concepts surrounding internet security compared to their younger counterparts.

In a survey of 3,000 adults between the ages of 16 and over 50 in the United States, the Google report aimed to determine the beliefs and practices of users regarding online security. According to TechRepublic, the survey found that Gen Z respondents aren't as knowledgeable in security practices as they would like to believe.

It added that 71 percent of the Gen Z respondents said they are confident in their ability to avoid being victims of a phishing scam. However, only 44 percent were found to actually know the exact definition of "phishing."

Meanwhile, about 65 percent of respondents aged 25 to 49 said they believe they won't fall for phishing attacks—and 53 percent of which said they understand the concept of phishing. For Baby Boomers, only 55 percent of them said they are confident they won't be victims of such attacks, but 71 percent said they know what phishing means.

With this, the report stated that the older generation seems to hold a deeper understanding of cybersecurity compared to younger users of technology. About 78 percent of Gen Z respondents said they use the same password for multiple accounts they have online, which is among the biggest risks in cybersecurity.

Moreover, Baby Boomers also showed they have a better understanding of the importance of updating software: 84 percent said it is essential to update security software, compared to 61 percent of Gen Z's who said the same, TechRepublic reported.