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British Internet Users Are The Most Cautious On The Planet When It Comes To Security Software

UK web users are more concerned with their online safety than those from any other country in the world, research suggests.

In an international study, entitled How do users assess threats on the Internet?, found that over 94 per cent of UK web users have security software installed on their hardware according to thinq_

Russian surfers have the lowest levels of security installed but still hit 83 per cent.

Dr Grainne Kirwan, Lecturer in Cyberpsychology at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology suggested the finding, "could perhaps be explained in part by factors which researchers have found to be related to the intention to practice online security. These factors include the perceived usefulness of the security software, influences from family, peers and the mass media - so if users hear a lot about the importance of online security measures and the dangers of poor protection by these sources, then they're more likely to take suitable precautions."

In other words, if enough people who sell security software tell you you need security software, you'll probably go and get some security software.