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Small Businesses Still Vulnerable to E-crime says Survey

A new You Gov survey into British UK small business attitudes to operational business anxieties reveals that technology not working (42% of all respondents) is the number one work issue that causes them to worry.

The survey commissioned by Internet Content Security Firm, Trend Micro, also asked small businesses about their anxiety regarding business-related crime.

Fear of theft and office break-ins ranked low as issues causing most anxiety (9%) of all respondents ranked this as a top three concern.

When asked about electronic crime, the majority of all respondents (83%) said they had not been a victim of electronic crime in the last 12 months.

Once again there were some interesting regional anomalies with 18% of Scottish respondents saying they had suffered at least one incident in the last year.

This low rate of reported incidents among small businesses comes as the recorded volume of electronic crime attacks grows and is increasingly targeted at small businesses that do not necessary have the resources or systems to protect themselves.

A further worry is that these attacks are hidden and many small businesses may not know when an electronic crime is being committed.

For example, in May 2008 over half a million websites were infected with malicious code.

Most of these were small business websites typically made up of old and unsecured coding and running on older or unpatched web server and operating systems.

These sites are easy targets for cyber criminals looking to hijack commercial websites for financial gain and identity fraud.

Most of the UK businesses affected were sole-traders relying on their web presence for revenue generation.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.