Malware Minute: 1 in 3 Teens Contacted by a Stranger Online

By GFI Vipre

To gain a better understanding of home computing practices, GFI® Software commissioned a scientific study of home Internet use by parents and their teenage children. This population represents a particularly interesting “risk pool” not only due to their usage patterns in the home, but also due to the theory that “tech savvy” teens, who have spent their entire cognizant lives in the Internet age, may prove to be a harder human target for social engineering attacks than their elders.

29% of teens report that they have been
contacted online by a person they would
deem a stranger – someone with no
known ties to them or their friends. Of
that group, 62% report that they have
been contacted by a stranger on more
than one occasion, and 23% confess
they have responded to the stranger in
some way.

In households where the parent and teen both have Facebook profiles, 87% of parents indicate they are “friends” with their teens on Facebook. However, 83% of teens with Facebook accounts say they have a good idea about how to control privacy settings – meaning they understand how to hide content from “friends” and other visitors.

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This excerpt is shared with permission from GFI Vipre.

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