Britain coming of age as an e-nation

More than a quarter of UK households are now online, says new research

More than a quarter of UK households are now online, says new research

The UK is fast becoming a Web nation. Some of the latest figures from research group MMXI show that more than a quarter of all homes now have Internet access. Judging by their surfing habits, Microsoft, Yahoo, Freeserve, Passport.com and Lycos are all companies to watch on the Web front.

When it comes to doing business, UK firms are also enthusiastically transacting via the Internet. According to research group Nelson Hall, 37% of business transactions will be handled this way by the end of 2001.

They would be wise to invest in some security systems, however, or risk losing money to cybercrimes like Internet abuse and virus contamination - which have already hit the pockets of over 50% of UK firms.

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