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New survey shows EU citizens' concerns about cybercrime threats

21/11/2013

Internet users in the EU remain very concerned about cyber security, according to a new Eurobarometer survey published. 76% agree that the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime has increased in the past year.

While 70% of internet users across the EU are confident about their ability to use the internet to shop or bank online, only about 50% actually choose to do so. This significant gap shows the negative impact of cybercrime on the digital single market: the two main concerns about such online activities being related to the misuse of personal data (mentioned by 37%) and the security of online payments (35%).

Encouragingly, more EU citizens feel well informed about the risks of cybercrime compared to 2012 (44% - up from 38%). However, it appears that they do not always draw all the necessary consequences from that information. For example, less than half of internet users have changed any of their online passwords during the past year (48% - slightly better than 45% in 2012).

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