Older, younger internet users targeted using various online threats

The majority of users aged 18-44 use their smartphones to go online, making them targets for adware, mobile banking Trojan horses, SMS scams and even TikTok and Instagram malware.

Internet and smartphone users from different age groups are victims of different types of cyber attacks, depending on their use and primary device used to go online, according to a report by cyber security firm Avast.

The company surveyed over 16,000 online users across age groups in over 17 countries, including India, USA, Russia and Australia.

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Users over the age of 65 mainly use their desktops or laptops to go online, making them susceptible to ransomware, technical support scams, spyware and botnets that can be accidentally or unknowingly downloaded or accessed via links in emails or through malicious websites.

The majority of users aged 18-44 use their smartphones to go online, making them targets for adware, mobile banking Trojan horses, SMS scams and even TikTok and Instagram malware.

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

“Different generations can see the Internet with different eyes and have different online experiences, which is something to keep in mind when having conversations about online security at home,” the report added.

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