Over 50s 'are security conscious online'

Over 50s are the least likely group to fall victim to online fraud, according to a new study.

Research commissioned by found that one in five students have posted personal information such as their date of birth online.

This could potentially leave them vulnerable to crimes such as identity theft and fraud.

By contrast, older people were found to be the most security-conscious web users, taking measures such as not opening attachments on unsolicited emails.

Psychologist Donna Dawson said the difference is partly down to the fact that younger people tend to need the internet for social prestige.

She commented: "The silver surfers have the right balance between a longer life-experience of risk and a lower emotional need for internet usage."

Ms Dawson added that this accounts for why they recognise the need for higher internet security.

According to figures from Apacs, online banking fraud losses in 2008 were 132 per cent up on the previous year.

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