One in five Brits feel unsafe online Users feel vulnerable to malware and data threats

31 August 2011

A fifth of UK adults do not feel safe online, according to official data published today.

The latest Opinions Survey, carried out by the Office of National Statistics, found that internet users frequently stored and shared their personal data with other websites.

However, it also found out that there was a fear among users of computer viruses and other attempts to steal their personal data.

Twenty one per cent of the 1,800 adults polled believed that they did not have the skills to protect their privacy when online. A further 19% felt their current internet or computer skills were insufficient to prevent their computers from being infected with malware.

Additionally, the Opinions Survey found that despite the fact that 19 million households in the UK had an internet connection, 5.7 million households remained unconnected.

Of that number, 19% said the expense was preventing them from going online, while 21% cited their lack of computer skills. However, almost half said they would never go online because they ‘don’t need the internet’.

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