“Millennials” also say that they know more about online safety than any other age group.

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Teens and adults born after 1980, damn sure that they know more about Internet security than anyone else. And why would not they? They are the first generation to grow with the Internet.

However, a large proportion of the same super-confident generation has become a victim of cyber crime than people of any other age group, according to a new report by Consumer Safety giant Symantec.

The Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report 2016, “Millennials” rated themselves as having a better knowledge of the basic safety measures and better overall technically advanced than any other group. But half of the “Millennials” respondents experienced crime on the Internet, with 36 percent being a victim during the past year.

What gives?

“Millennials use multiple connected devices and more, so that their impact is greater,” said Kevin Haley, Director of Security Response at Symantec. “They have a feeling of invincibility, and they are there all the time.”

Haley point – that people born between 1981 and 2000 are more vulnerable because they are more likely to use multiple devices – makes sense. But look at some of the behavior of the age group involved. According to the report, “Millennials” share passwords at high speed any age group, at 31%. This includes passwords for things like e-mail and Netflix, but it also includes banking. Symantec found that a third of all the people who shared their passwords in the US share banking information.

The report from Monday, exposes the huge gap between the public awareness of online risks and the steps most people actually take to protect themselves. “Millennials” are only part of the picture. 82 percent of people are concerned about cybercrime, but their behavior is unlikely to reflect their concerns. Among some of the most concerning findings, 62 percent of people around the world use what they describe as “bad” passwords, and more than half of all parents do to limit what their children are doing on the Internet do not.

And when it comes to cybersecurity, the gap between self-perception and reality is not just a “thousand-year” problem. Despite consumer perceptions of risk, and despite the lack of consumer caution, every age group surveyed assessed themselves as “A” in the security mode.