Eurobarometer on Cyber security
According to a new Eurobarometer survey published today, internet users in the EU are very concerned about cyber-security. 76% agree that the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime has increased in the past year, slightly more than in a similar study from 2012. While 70% of internet users across the EU are confident of their ability to use the internet to shop or bank online, only about 50% actually choose to do so. This 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%). 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).
There are large differences in internet use by age groups and education level. Younger respondents for example are more confident than older group in the use of internet.
The survey, carried was out between May and June 2013, covering more than 27 000 people in all Member States.