We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
78,145 News Articles

41% of Brits scared of shopping online

Over a third know a victim of online fraud

Over 40 percent of Brits refuse to shop online because they are concerned about security, says CyberSource.

Research by the company revealed that over a third of those surveyed know someone that has been a victim of online fraud. In response to this a number of web users that do shop online said they take steps to protect themselves against ID theft.

Nearly 70 percent said they had signed up to secure credit card services such as MasterCard SecureCode or Verified by Visa that issue a password that must be input along with card details to make a purchase. Eighty-six percent of online shoppers also said they look for the secure padlock icon on a website before proceeding with a purchase.

"With the abundance of media coverage about security breaches, it is not surprising that some shoppers are frightened off," said Simon Stokes, managing director of CyberSource.

"The challenge to the industry is educating consumers to shop safely, to minimise their exposure to fraud. As more people gain access to the internet and realise the convenience, value, and safety of shopping online, I believe we'll see a higher percentage trying and staying with this form of purchase."

See also: 1 million UK children make illicit online purchases

Visit Security Advisor for the latest internet threat news, FREE net threat email newsletters, and internet security products

Visit Broadband Advisor for the latest internet news, reviews, tips & tricks - and to take advantage of PC Advisor's unique, independent Broadband Speed Tester


IDG UK Sites

6 cheapest 4K TVs in the UK 2014: Get a UHD telly without breaking the bank

IDG UK Sites

Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, 256GB, Early 2014) lab tests and benchmarks

IDG UK Sites

How to stop your parents opening and responding to phishing emails

IDG UK Sites

Google to ship first Project Ara developer boards in July