Nine in ten Britons don?t trust the net

Poll suggests a surprisingly high level of scepticism towards the web
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Nine in ten Brits don’t trust the internet, according to findings from BullGuard.

2,000 people were polled in the study, which also found that three in ten have had a bad experience while surfing the net, one in six have been hacked, and one in twenty have been a victim of ID fraud or cyber-bullying.

Meanwhile half of respondents were concerned about banking online and the same number dubious of opening email attachments. One in six apparently have no security measures at all.

At a time when the tech industry is stepping up its drive for cloud computing adoption, if there's much truth to these findings firms like Google, Apple and Microsoft could find this scepticism of the internet hinders their plans for the UK market.

Claus Villumsen, who carried out the survey for BullGuard, said: ''It seems millions of internet users are still sceptical about the web, what to click on and who to trust with their information, but rightly so. Criminals and fraudsters are becoming increasingly savvy in tricking web users onto false pages and into handing over credit card details, the consequence of which is seeing their hard earned cash leaving their account.“

''Brits should be cautious, but shouldn't let one bad experience put them off from using the web as it opens up so many opportunities, instead they should protect themselves with security software. Being hacked, or PCs being infected with viruses, can be deadly for your hardware as well as being costly, so be on your guard. If you’re unsure of a website or an e-mail – if it looks dodgy or you are asked to type in too much information for the occasion - it’s best to stay clear.”

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