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Internet users wary of online shopping

By Staff Writer



An annual consumer survey of more than 400 UAE residents who regularly use the internet has shown that 75 per cent of respondents do not shop online due to fears that the internet is “unsafe” and “too risky”.

The survey, by internet security firm Symantec, also revealed 78 per cent of respondents who transact online do so with no protection.

Con Mallon, Consumer Product Marketing Director, Symantec Corporation, said: “The results demonstrate a lack of willingness on the part of the consumer to be pro-active when it comes to protecting themselves from online hackers even though there are a number of easy to install security solutions available.”

The survey sought to gain a better understanding of UAE internet users.