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17/12/2007

A fifth of shoppers are too scared to shop online, research from internet security awareness campaign Getsafeonline.org has shown.

Despite the fact that an estimated £13bn will be spent by shoppers online during the Christmas period, 1 in 5 people remain sceptical about internet security, according to the campaign’s research. It also revealed that while many internet users are confident about the security of their PC or laptop, with 88% of users now owning some form of internet security software, they are less savvy about safety issues associated with online shopping, including misuse of credit or debit card details and scam websites that don’t deliver ordered items.

Tony Neate, managing director of gtsafeonline.org, said: “People need to be vigilant when shopping online, but fear of the risks shouldn’t stop you. Being aware of the warning signs, and taking a few simple precautions, is all that’s needed to shop with confidence. Keep your wits about you, and if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.”

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