One in eight European adults will not shop on the internet because of security concerns, but four out of 10 are happy to bank online, according to figures from Eurostat, the EU's statistics body.
The figures for each member of the EU, released to coincide with European Commission's Safer Internet Day on 12 February show that one in four users suffered a computer virus in 2007. However, 57% used the internet in the past three months, 30% shopped online, 44% banked online, and a quarter took regular back-ups of their data.
Just over half of Britons shopped online (53%) but fewer (45%) banked online. Finns are the most active online bankers (84%) but also, along with Spain, the most leery about online shopping (26%).
Nearly a quarter of EU internet users had suffered a computer virus in 2007, which resulted in a loss of information or time. Virus attacks were most frequent in Lithuania (41%), Slovenia (35%) and Malta (34%) and least common in the Czech Republic (7%), Estonia (15%) and Sweden (16%).
The most regular back-up takers were found in Greece (43%), France (35%) and Malta (34%), and the lowest in Poland (13%), Estonia (14%) and Sweden (15%).