The Sunday Times reports that a survey at the start of Get Safe Online Week reveals people fear they are more likely to become victims of online crime than they are to be mugged or burgled.
The research indicates that 21 per cent of people now believe they are at greater risk from e-crime - up from 17 per cent last year.
This fear of online crime is deterring the public from using the internet for everyday activities, the survey on getsafeonline.org found, with early a quarter of respondents too concerned about e-crime to bank online. Nearly a fifth would not shop online and one in six had been put off logging on altogether. Nearly three quarters of those questioned said they needed more information to arm themselves against online threats.