Close to 32% of EU citizens reported security-related incidents when using the internet in 2019, 21% in Cyprus

In 2019 approximately 1 in 3 EU citizens aged 16 to 74 reported security-related incidents when using the internet for private purposes, according to data published today by Eurostat, on the occasion of Safer Internet Day (11 February). In Cyprus the rate was 21%.

During this period phishing was the most frequent security incident reported in 2019. 25% of people in the EU reported that they received fraudulent messages, known as phishing. Redirection to fake websites asking for personal information (pharming) was the second most frequent security incident reported (12% of people).

The share of people who experienced security related problems when using the internet for private purposes varied across the EU Member States. The highest rates were observed in Denmark (50%), followed by France (46%), Sweden (45%), Malta and the Netherlands (both 42%), Finland (41%) and Germany (40%).

In contrast, the lowest shares were recorded in Lithuania (7%), Poland (9%), Latvia (10%), Bulgaria (13%) and Greece (13%).

Source: Cyprus News Agency