In 2019, approximately one in three EU citizens aged 16 to 74 reported security-related incidents when using the internet for private purposes in the last 12 months, Eurostat said on Tuesday.
According to its report, published on the occasion of Safer Internet Day (February 11), the figure for Cyprus was 21% — below the EU average.
During this period phishing was the most frequent security incident reported — 25% of people in the EU reported that they received fraudulent messages, known as phishing. Redirection to fake websites asking for personal information (pharming) was the second most frequent security incident reported (12% of people).
The share of people who experienced security related problems when using the internet for private purposes varied across the EU Member States. The highest rates were observed in Denmark (50%), followed by France (46%), Sweden (45%), Malta and the Netherlands (both 42%), Finland (41%) and Germany (40%).
In contrast, the lowest shares were recorded in Lithuania (7%), Poland (9%), Latvia (10%), Bulgaria (13%) and Greece (13%).
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Source dataset: isoc_cisci_pb