Young Adults Susceptible to Online Scams

Young adults have been raised with computers, lived through the birth of the Internet, and seem to have an innate understanding of all things digital. It should come as some surprise then, that this digital native demographic is more susceptible to online scams. With risky behavior abound, maybe it's time to invest in a PC Tools license code and antivirus protection.

PC Tools, in collaboration with the Ponemon Institue, nearly half of US respondents would be likely to provide personal or financial information online. In fact, 55% reported that they would divulge sensitive information to claim an online prize. Another 53% would volunteer their information to download free antivirus software (quite unnecessary, if you ask me, when we provide PC Tools coupons to keep costs of legitimate trusted software down).

The study sampled nearly 2,000 American consumers aged 16 – 65 who frequently use the Internet. Statistically, the most inclined demographic to engage in risky online behavior are females, aged 18 – 25, with less than a high school diploma, income below $50,000, and residing in the Southwest. Despite being born in an era where computers are ubiquitous, these young adults are more likely than any other demographic to fall victim to cybercrime. 

Researchers identified education as a leading tool to change these trends. Online Security Expert Richard Clooke of PC Tools remarked, “The longer term concern is that while many of us think we are too savvy for online scams, the research demonstrates otherwise. Unless consumer behavior is addressed through education, the incidence of cybercriminals seeking to cash in on consumer trust and naivety online is likely to increase exponentially.”

Though increased access to knowledge about cybercrime may be the long-term solution, we can be thankful to PC Tools for providing us with software making protection easy today. Take advantage of a PC Tools coupon code to get antivirus software that warns you about your risky behavior online and prevents you from falling victim to online scams. 

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