Survey: Why do Greeks limit their internet activity? EU citizens are particularly concerned about internet security
Although the technology is progressing daily and the internet is a common daily life, citizens of the European Union and especially of Greece are concerned about the security of their personal data. At the very least, this reveals relevant research carried out by Eurostat on the use of new technologies in the field of information and communication.
Increased concern from all EU member states
The survey covers the year 2019 and citizens aged 16 to 74 years from its Member States The European Union. Processing the data shows that 44% of EU citizens declare that last year have restricted their activity online for reasons related to their personal safety. More specifically, citizens seem to avoid providing personal information more and more than 25% on specialized pages such as of social network (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc., but also professional networking (e.g. Linkedin).
EU citizens they also do not seem to trust public networks WiFi, as 19% say they don't use them at all. In addition, about 16% of the sample reported that does not carry out or avoid online shopping and other online activities including money transfers such as online casino, bill payments, online money donations, etc.
Correspondingly, percentage 13% avoids banking online. As for now communication with public bodies and services, concern about secure communication is up to 8%.
The most common scams on the internet
As this interesting research reveals, most cases internet fraud and theft of personal information is carried out by his methods Phishing and pharming. In the first case of phishing we are talking about the process of stealing sensitive personal data, such as usernames, passwords, credit card information by copying legitimate websites such as banks, e-wallets (e.g. Paypal) etc. In the second case we are talking about collecting personal data from a virus infected computer or redirecting it to fake websites to spy on the previous method.
In terms of EU user experience now, 34% responded that they had security problems in 2019, while 26% responded that they had received phishing scams and 13% reported problems via pharming. 3% of EU citizens said it has fallen victim of fraud via bank cards and 3% lost computer data due to a virus. 2% had problems accessing their account on internet sites and 1% was victim of identity theft and led to blackmail.
What the Greek citizens are saying
In Greece the percentages appear to be slightly lower than the general average of all categories. Greeks who avoid sending data to social / professional networks account for 10% (25% on average in Europe), while in terms of usage public WiFi networks the figure is only 4% (19% on average in Europe).
With regard to her question making online purchases, 9% of Greeks (survey participants) responded that they avoided it (13% on average in Europe), 13% avoided online banking (same percentage as Europe) and 2% are afraid and avoid communicating with public services and organizations via the internet.
8% of Greek users said they received phishing messages (26% on average in Europe) and 8% stated they detected pharming processes (13% on average in Europe). Finally, the Greeks who have fallen victims of scam attacks credit / debit cards account for 2% (3% on average in Europe), while all other problems do not exceed 1%.