You’d think that men, who are supposed to be better at maths and similar subjects, would be better at online security as well. According to an online survey, though, the opposite is true. Carrie Anne Skinner reports:
When it comes to online security, men are less savvy than women, according to PC Tools.
Research by the security firm revealed that 47 percent of men use the same passwords when signing up to online banking and shopping facilities, compared to just 26 percent of women.
I can think of several reasons for this. One, men are notorious for forgetting details, and passwords are one of them. If you think about it, it is only understandable that the men would tend to use one password for most of their accounts. Two, men tend to have this feeling of invincibility. It’s that machismo factor that gets them into fights. They think that they’re not going to get hurt. Yes, it happens to others, but not to them. The same article confirms this:
Men have a more cavalier attitude to email attachments, with 60 percent admitting to opening them immediately without checking to see if they are legitimate, but only 48 percent of women do the same thing.
This is not to say that they are not AWARE of the potential threats. In fact, the same study showed that men knew more about the threats than women did. It really is just the attitude that makes a big difference. Well, maybe that’s why men have more viruses and other malware in their toys.