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As many as 73% of respondents to a Sitecom online security survey say they are concerned about their security online and 83% believe that it is important to be protected against cybercrime.

The fact that as many as 70 000 new viruses and 2 000 new phishing websites emerge on a daily basis proves that these fears are justified.

No fewer than 88% of the respondents have been victims of one of the following forms of cybercrime: virus, spyware, trojans, worms, rootkits, fraud, phishing or malware.

The good news is that almost all respondents have installed a virus scanner. However, despite the fact that as many as 98% of all respondents use a virus scanner, 48% don’t feel fully protected. In addition to a virus scanner, 70% of the respondents use a spam filter, 69% use anti-spyware programs and 53% use anti-malware.

A clear trend has emerged from the research: an increasing number of transactions are now being carried out on the internet and the number of devices with which users access the Internet “unprotected” is rising.

Forty percent of the respondents have four to six devices at home, and almost 20% have six to nine devices.

As many as 82% of the respondents are familiar with the phenomenon of phishing – and 17% have been victims of phishing attacks. As many as 67% of the respondents indicate that they do not use internet banking services via mobile appliances such as smartphones or tablets.

Key findings from the survey include:

* 73% of respondents are concerned about online security.

* 83% of respondents believe that it is very important to be protected against cybercrime.

* 98% of respondents have installed a virus scanner.

* 48% of respondents do not feel fully protected.

* 88% of respondents have been victims of one of the following forms of internet crime: virus, spyware, trojans, worms, rootkits, fraud, phishing or malware.

* 82% of respondents are familiar with phishing.

* 17% of respondents have been victims of phishing.

* 67% of respondents do not use internet banking services via mobile devices.

* 40% of respondents have 4 to 6 network devices at home.

* 19% have up to 9 network devices at home.