AARP and Microsoft released a new research report dubbed "Connecting Generations," that examines how people of all ages are using online communication and social networking to enhance their family relationships.
Released in conjunction with Safer Internet Day 2012, "Connecting Generations" report confirms the need for educating all consumers, from teenagers to grandparents, about Internet safety and the steps they can take to help protect themselves online.
"Although most respondents -- teens, parents and grandparents -- wish they knew more about how to keep personal information private (58 percent), and how to help safeguard their devices (50 percent), the younger generation wants more information than older respondents about using social networks safer (38 percent compared with 27 percent)," mentions Microsoft.
The report reveals following three key pieces:
- 83 percent of those surveyed (ranging in age from 13-75 years old) consider going online to be a "helpful" form of communication among family members
- 30 percent of grandparents of teens/young adults agree that connecting online has helped them better understand their teen/young adult grandchildren, and 29 percent of teens/young adults say the same about their grandparents
- Teens agree that the computer increases both the quantity (70 percent) and quality (67 percent) of their communication with family members living far away.
In the infographic below, you can see the findings about how online safety is ageless: (click to enlarge)
You can download the full report here (PDF).
Also in other Microsoft news, a recent report from NSS Labs notes that Internet Explorer 9 is the most effective when it comes to blocking traditional malware downloads.
The findings of testing conducted between November 21, 2011 and January 5, 2012, reveals that Internet Explorer's malware blocking rate was of nearly 100 percent: "Internet Explorer 9 remains the most effective at blocking traditional malware downloads (or social-engineered malware)," their report concludes.
The report also notes that Chrome was capable of blocking over 30 percent malware, while Firefox and Safari offered the lowest level of protection at only 3.6 and 3.5 percent, respectively.
NSS Labs writes that they chose to "freeze the browser versions as soon as their testing began, so that the results would not be compromised. Thus, the application versions used for testing include Windows Internet Explorer 9 (build 9.0.8112.16421), Google Chrome v15.0.874.106, Mozilla Firefox v7.0.1, and Safari v5.1.1 (7534.51.22)."
"While NSS does not recommend switching browsers based on the results of these tests alone, if you currently have a free choice of browser then Internet Explorer 9 offers the most comprehensive protection from these particular threats," the team says.
You can learn more on findings on NSS Labs' website.