Media News - Tuesday, July 10, 2012
A new Eurobarometer survey shows that Internet users are very concerned about cyber security: 89 percent avoid disclosing personal information online, and 74 percent agree that the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime has increased in the past year. 12 percent of internet users across the EU have already experienced online fraud, and 8 percent have fallen victim to identity theft. Nonetheless, 53 percent have not changed any of their online passwords during the past year. "While ever more people are making the most out of the Internet and benefit from the digital economy, it is not surprising that security of personal information and online payments top the list of our concerns. What is more surprising is that only half of Europeans take effective measures to protect themselves from cybercrime", said Cecilia Malmstrom, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs. The survey, covering a total of almost 27 000 people in all EU member states, shows a strong link between being informed about the risks of cybercrime and feeling confident online. A majority of those who feel confident in doing online banking or shopping say that they also feel well informed about cybercrime. (Egovmonitor)
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