Study shows steps taken by teens in response to rising security and privacy concerns

Recently, the famous US-based auditing and consulting company, Deloitte, released a survey report based on connectivity and mobile trends.

The survey was based on over two thousand teenagers between the ages of 14 and 19. The survey was conducted during the first quarter of the ongoing year. The main concept behind this whole study was to get an insight into the steps taken by Gen Z, based on the privacy and security concerns they faced through online surfing or while using social media applications.

As shown in the survey, the highest number of votes went to the implementation of a two-step verification feature for applications. This feature has played an important role in making the accounts more secure. Not only does it make things more difficult for anyone to hack in, but it also notifies the user if someone is trying to break into their account. A massive 34% of the survey teens went along with this step.

As most teenagers don’t like to be followed, the second most common step, with 32% of the overall survey participants, consisted of teens turning off their device location required for different services and applications. This made them feel like they were no longer being watched. Another similar step was taken in the form of Bluetooth being turned off, to ensure their device doesn’t get connected with any unwanted device.

Another step, which had the support of 22% of survey participants, was the use of different software to enhance device security. Third-party services such as VPN, which have become a common tool, are now being used more frequently than ever.

As social media applications are the largest platform that gives rise to such concerns, almost 14% of teens either permanently took down their social media accounts or took a break from social media. whereas 13% of them started using anti-tracking services.

Those who still felt concerned even after taking steps such as the use of anti-tracking software or deleting a social media account, either went for end-to-end encrypted chats or distanced themselves permanently from using such devices. Those who still wanted to work bought devices that prevented anyone from tracking them.

H/T: Insider Intelligence

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