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Over 80 percent of Lithuanians feel growing risk of electronic crimes

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Over 80 percent of Lithuanians feel growing risk of electronic crimes

Post by asadkhan122002 on Thu Mar 19, 2015 3:09 pm

Some 81 percent of Lithuanian residents feel a growing risk of being targeted by electronic crimes, shows an Eurobarometer survey published on Wednesday.

Over the past year, the number of persons fearing cybercrimes went down by 6 percentage points. The European Union (EU) average stands at 85 percent.

Just like in other EU countries, nearly nine in ten Lithuanian residents said they avoided publishing personal information online, seven in ten fear about security of their personal data on websites. Another seven in ten respondents said they thought their personal information was not protected by government institutions.

According to the survey, Lithuanians are more than other Europeans alarmed by loss of access to online banking systems or bank cards, theft of their personal data, non-delivery of items from online shops. More than other Europeans, Lithuanian respondents also fear hacking of their social media or email accounts.

Furthermore, Lithuanian citizens feel they have more information about cybercrimes, leading the region by this indicator: 57 percent of Lithuanian respondents said they were aware of electronic crimes, as compared with 44 percent in Latvia, 47 percent in Estonia and 45 percent in Poland. The EU’s best informed nations include the United Kingdom, Ireland and Nordic countries.

The poll showed that just over a half of Lithuanian residents use the Internet on a daily basis, putting Lithuania slightly below the EU average (60 pct).

The survey was carried out on Oct. 11-20 last year. Some 1,013 adult residents were interviewed in Lithuania.

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