May 18, 2010

Ofcom reports greater awareness of Internet security

by Jan Harris

Research by Ofcom has found that people are becoming more careful about how they use the Internet.

A survey, of 1,824 people aged 16 and over, found that people are more aware of the dangers of entering their personal details on social networking sites such as Facebook than they were in 2007, which is hardly surprising given the increased publicity over security issues.

The need for security awareness has never been greater, with Kaspersky Labs’ latest quarterly spam report showing Facebook as the fourth most common target for phishing attacks.

Ofcom’s survey identified Northern Ireland as the region where people are the most cautious about using the Internet, and the Northern Irish are least likely to have a profile on social networking sites.

Around 50% of adult internet users in Scotland said they had a profile on a social networking site, while this fell to 46% in Wales, 44% in England and just 31% in Northern Ireland.

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