Safer Internet: Statistics show almost one third of Internet users get a Virus

In conjunction with Safer Internet Day that was held at the beginning of February, Eurostat released a selection of statistics on Internet security. Although over 80% of individuals in Europe use an IT security programme, nearly a third of those who used the Internet in 2010 caught a computer infection. Other results show that the highest rate of reported incidents where children accessed inappropriate websites or connected with potentially dangerous persons online was in Italy. Those countries with the lowest rates of parental control or filtering software usage were Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria.

In spite of initiatives such as Safer Internet Day aimed at making the Internet safer for children, the statistics released show that there is still a need to change the behaviour of the Internet user through educational measures. Programmes such as ECDL Foundation’s IT Security module is one such educational measure; it is intended to influence a user’s attitude, awareness and behaviour so that they become more security conscious.

Read ECDL Foundation’s press release on Safer Internet Day & the new IT Security Programme

More statistics about Internet Security in Europe