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Britons Fear Online Crime

Posted: 09th Oct, 2006 By: MarkJ
The government has released results from its latest 'Get Safe Online' study, which revealed that 21% of those surveyed were afraid of Internet crime. Meanwhile just 16% found themselves being most worried about home burglary:

Mr Neate, campaign managing director, said 57% of UK households had a internet connection and 69% of those were linked up via broadband. In the first six months of 2006, British shoppers spent more than £13bn online, the survey found, and 52% of Britons questioned did their banking online.

But hand-in-hand with this went worries about the dangers greater net use posed, said Mr Neate. He said 18% of those questioned said they would not shop online because they were concerned about becoming a victim of net crime.

The survey found 17% of people had no anti-virus software and 22% had no firewall. A further 23% said they had opened an e-mail attachment that came from an unknown source.

The BBC News Online item may not bring good news, but it is at least far better than the results of similar surveys from two or three years ago.

Sadly the survey did not appear to ask whether people kept their anti-virus and operating system software up-to-date with security patches. Anti-virus software is of little use if it's not updated to cope with new threats.
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