Gen Z in the dark on basic internet terms – research

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    In a technology-driven era where young people spend all aspects of their lives online, new data from the DNS Research Federation shows that 18- to 24-year-olds have the least knowledge of some basic technical terms about how the Internet works. It became clear.

    Internet crime has become a pressing national problem, with up to 30% of UK families losing money to Internet fraud by the DNS Research Federation, many young people do not fully understand traversing the online world. Additionally, poor understanding of terminology has been correlated with people losing large sums of money to Internet scammers, and new data from the DNS Research Federation suggests that young people use the Internet without knowing the meaning of key terms, It suggests that you are putting your online safety at risk.

    What is Phishing?

    In a nationally representative sample of 2,151 people, those under the age of 25 were the least aware of what phishing is. Nationally, 58% of young people did not know that phishing is the act of sending an email pretending to be from a reputable company 33%). Of those who answered incorrectly, 28% had no idea what phishing was, 19% believed it was the act of creating a fake online persona, and 3% said it was EuroDisney’s new sci-fi theme park. replied.

    What is the Metaverse?

    Additionally, a DNS Research Federation survey suggested that half (50%) of under-25s were unaware that the metaverse was a virtual space for real-time interaction, which was also included in the survey. It was the lowest level of understanding of all the age groups that became. The speculation of some 18-24 year olds was out of this world. 12% said the Metaverse is the galaxy behind the Moon, and likewise 4% said the Metaverse is the planet Darth Vader came from.

    What is a chatbot?

    When asked what a chatbot (a program many online scammers use to simulate human conversations) is, 44% of 18-24 year olds were unfamiliar. Surprisingly, 5% of those who were inaccurate said the chatbot was the name of Finland’s heavy metal entry into Eurovision, and even more whimsically, 5% was the name of a Broadway musical. I thought there was.

    What does DNS stand for?

    Young people are also less likely to know what the Internet’s naming system, DNS, is responsible for all online interactions. Nearly three-quarters (74%) of 18-24 year olds got it wrong, and 42% missed the point by saying that the acronym stands for Digital Network Security. Cheekly, his 3% of those who misunderstood took a freewheeling approach and speculated that DNS stands for Devon Nudist Society.

    “We live in a world that is heavily dependent on the internet, yet this online environment so dear to so many of us is also being attacked by hackers, scammers and criminals who seek to infringe on our online freedoms. ,” said Emily Taylor, CEO of the DNS Research Federation.

    “Young people are growing up in the age of technology and need to explore it safely. The best way to protect yourself from internet crime is to help empower consumers based on true understanding,” she said. says.

    “To avoid being scammed, even for things that seem insignificant, such as accepting terms of service for app updates without reading them, or accepting cookies on websites, users should You need to know what you’re signing up for.”

    According to Taylor, the DNS Research Federation specializes in domain names.

    “While we have no affiliation with nudist groups in Devon or elsewhere, we are genuinely passionate about defending the future of a free, open and secure internet, and are committed to understanding the implications of the domain name system. We invite anyone who would like to join us in our work to advance “Cybersecurity, Policy and Technical Standards.” ”


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