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UK Web Users Learning To Be More Security Aware

Figures published by UK media watchdog, Ofcom, as part of their media literacy support, shows that only 20 percent of adults that are on social networking websites like Facebook or Myspace allow people other than their family and friends to have access to it.

This is down from 52 percent back in 2007 and shows that UK internet users are becoming aware of the risks associated with making their personal details public on such websites.

The report also underlined the fact that 25 percent of users were reluctant to install filtering software and a similar proportion felt the same when it comes to installing security features.

The 2010 version of the survey, which was carried out amongst 1824 people aged 16 and over, showed that people are now more security-savvy than ever before and more aware of risks associated with privacy.

Interestingly, the report also highlights the geographical differences between Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland when it comes to the proportion of adult internet users having set up a social networking profile.

Nearly half of all Scots and Welsh in this category have such a profile, compared to 44 percent in England and a comparatively low 31 percent in Northern Ireland.

Scots also appear to be much more worry free when it comes to sharing their online details online; half of them are happy to share their home address details compared to less than a quarter of Welsh and Northern Ireland inhabitants.

Désiré Athow

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.