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Just 8% of UK internet users feel safe online

The latest research from Point-Topic has revealed that just 8% of consumers in the UK feel perfectly safe using their computer at home. More worryingly, fewer people are now taking action to protect themselves:

"78% of consumers have some form of anti-virus software and 53% have a firewall but this is actually a drop over the last 6 months. Our previous survey in the series returned 85% and 56% for users saying they have adopted those precautions," says John Bosnell, Senior Analyst at Point Topic.

Becoming complacent about such things can far too frequently lead to problems from cyber crime to theft of personal data and or your computer being remotely hijacked. Nobody should ever assume that the limited protection afforded by modern Internet browsers, ISPs and operating systems is enough.

Mercifully people have become more aware of phishing and social engineering attacks, where a user is persuaded to infect themselves by clicking on a link leading to sites with malicious code or tricked into handing over personal data.

Point-Topic also revealed that the number of standalone broadband users in the UK decreased by 11% in the 12 months to January 2008, preferring instead to signup with a bundled product (e.g. dual, triple or quad play voice, mobile, TV and broadband bundles).

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