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You’re probably over-confident about your defences or under-prepared for a breach

Many Internet users seem over-confident when it comes to their ability to protect themselves from cybercriminals, a new report by Palo Alto Networks and YouGov shows. More than two out of three (68%) respondents said they are doing everything possible to stay safe online.

This confidence was shared by three in four respondents over 45, while a much smaller majority (57%) of people between 18 and 24 provided the same response. Since people in the latter category tend to know more about cyber threats and the digital world in general, the researchers believe the confidence of older respondents may be the result of ignorance about the threats they face whenever they use online services. However, an alternative explanation is that older people are putting more effort into protecting themselves, whereas younger people may be less proactive.

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