Nine in ten Brits don’t trust the internet

According to a new BullGuard study, nine in ten Brits don’t trust the internet. The research found that despite three quarters of the nation being online, millions are still cautious of banking, emailing and opening attachments.

The study quizzed UK adults on their online activity and found:

-One in ten feels unsafe using the internet at least every other day.

-One in ten has had their bank details stolen and seen large chunks of money leave their bank account to the tune of £834.

-Six in ten are cautious of logging onto websites which require email addresses and passwords.

-Half of Brits are concerned about banking online and the same number is dubious of opening email attachments.

-Chat rooms, forums and Facebook leave another one in five feeling uneasy.

-The survey also quizzed respondents on their knowledge of harmful online activity:

-One in twenty admitted to opening up emails or attachments from unknown sources, and the same number can’t help but click on pop-up windows.

-Fewer than half are aware of what phishing, cookies or Trojans are and six in ten don’t know how to protect themselves.

-One in twenty has had their details phished – being tricked into electronically entering important info like their credit card details into a fake website – with three in ten having their bank account completely emptied.

And when it comes to what info Brits store online:

-One in five have their address for all to see

-41% have their date of birth posted somewhere

-14% have their bank details stored online.

The BullGuard survey of 2,000 Brits who are online was carried out by market researchers between 28th April to 9th May 2011.

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