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Millennials tend to share too much personal information online

By Jonnah Pante - on 7 Jun 2017, 11:50pm

Millennials tend to share too much personal information online

Ever since people started adapting social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube as a daily diary, most of us tend to share too much of our personal lives. Kaspersky Lab further testified on this through their recent study called “My Precious Data: Stranger Danger” which tackled about how much personal data people are sharing in the public domain.

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The research shows that the majority (93%) of people share their information digitally, with 70% of these individuals share photos and videos of their children. Meanwhile, 45% of the people involved in the study share private and sensitive videos and photos of others.

Almost half (44%) of Internet users make their information public while one-in-five people allow people they don’t really know well see sensitive data.

Alarmingly, one, out of ten (10%), shared the PIN for accessing their devices with a stranger; one, out of five (22%), left tier devices unlocked and unsupervised among a group of people; and nearly a quarter (23%) allowed another person to use their device for some time.

The study also elaborated that 37% of active Internet users exposed their financial and payment details; 41% shared scans of their passports, driving licenses, and other personal documents; and 30% disclosed passwords.

These practices, which are commonly worse among younger generations aged 16-24 who tend to share a large part of their personal information to the public, are variables that make an individual vulnerable to identity theft and financial attacks.

“Over-sharing personal data with people and companies is a really dangerous habit to get into,” says Andrei Mochola, Head of Consumer Business at Kaspersky Lab. "In today’s online world, sharing information with others has never been easier and, in many ways, that’s what the Internet was created for. But by disclosing important and sensitive information with other people at the push of a button, you relinquish control over it, because you can’t be sure where that data is going and how it will be used. Users are literally putting their precious data and even the devices that store it in the hands of others.”

“While it’s completely unrealistic to expect Internet users to stop sharing photos, personal details, and other information with each other, we do urge people to think twice before they share important information publicly online. We also encourage all Internet users to put safety measures in place to protect their data and their privacy, should their devices or data fall into the wrong hands,” Mochola added.