Web security not a major concern to British public, survey says

Despite concerns over national security, economic uncertainty, and the use of private data by fraudsters, the UK remains only "moderately" worried about these issues.

Despite concerns over national security, economic uncertainty, and the use of private data by fraudsters, the UK remains only "moderately" worried about these issues.

The Unisys Security Index survey reveals that fears of terrorist attack and the misuse of personal data are of most concern to Britons, with online fraud and phishing cited the third and fourth most worrying.

But when viewed as a whole said Unisys, the findings only rate the UK public as being "moderately" concerned about all of these issues.

The Unisys Security Index is published three times a year and is a global research project designed to help businesses and governments understand consumer attitudes towards a range of issues related to financial, personal, internet and physical security.

The first stage of the inaugural UK survey polled 952 consumers on how they feel about these key issues. The Security Index assesses security on a scale of 0 to 300, with 300 representing the highest level of perceived safety and security.

The UK's overall reading was 138, indicating a moderate level of concern.

By topic, the highest point score was for personal security (149), followed by national security (144) then financial (141). Internet security was the only result under the average, at 118 points.

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