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Security fears may boost online shopping

UK fears of terror attacks could boost online sales in the run up to Christmas as concerned members of the public look for alternatives to busy shopping centres, according to a survey of nearly 1,000 people across the country.

The Security Index survey was conducted by ICR on behalf of IT services company Unisys, and showed that most (86%) of those surveyed most were concerned about national security threats. More than half (57%) were either "extremely" or "very" concerned.

Findings by research firm Forrester predicted that online shopping will increase by 42% on the festive period of 2006, with Britons spending £13.8bn online. This would make the UK the biggest online spender in Europe.

"Those looking to the internet to do their shopping must also be aware of the risks there too and because of the increase in online shopping, there are now significantly more people for the criminals to target," said Neil Fisher, vice-president, identity management, Unisys.

"The fears over terrorist attacks may lead consumers into the arms of fraudsters as people fail to ensure that retailers are using secure, reputable security software," he said.


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