The government, the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit and a group of private sector sponsors have launch a campaign to raise public awareness of internet security.
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The Get Safe Online campaign informs that public that millions of UK Internet users are putting themselves at risk of attack from online criminals because they do not understand threats to their computer or the ways to protect against them.
New research conducted for the campaign has found that 83% of people in the UK do not know enough about protecting themselves online. Forty two per cent rely on friends and family for online safety advice rather than finding expert information.
The report says the online retail economy is worth £10 billion a year and 14 million people use online banking. To help the public educate themselves, the campaign will raise public provide solutions through a new website: www.getsafeonline.org. The website is a one-stop-shop for reliable, up-to-date information about online safety, to give home users and small businesses the advice they need to use the Internet safely.
The campaign is sponsored by BT, Dell, eBay, HSBC, Lloyds TSB, Microsoft, MessageLabs, securetrading.com and Yell.com.