Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Europe's most hapless internet users.

As all were doubtless well aware, today is 'Safer Internet Day'. Which is nice.  To mark the occasion, Eurostat has published a survey on virus infection, phishing etc across the EU 27 plus Turkey, Croatia and Norway.  I've removed Romania as the data is only partial. Bear with me, this is going to be less dull than it sounds.

So, the data:

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I had assumed that there would be a particularly stark correlation between those who suffered viri and non-users of anti-virus programmes, in which case the Turks should be hardest hit, followed by Latvians, Estonians and Italians.  At the other end of the scale, McAfee employees doubtless holiday in the Netherlands and Malta.  However, it is the unfortunate Bulgarians who suffer the most viri - 58% had one or more last year, despite 73% having anti-virus software.  Then the Maltese, Slovaks and Magyars.  At the other end of the scale, the Austrians and the Irish were least likely to get a computer virus.

Phishing was less common - or less often noticed - and it was the Latvians (8%) and we Britons (7%) who were the unluckiest / stupidest / adjective of your choice.    


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