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Did you have Internet security issues in 2019? 21% of Portuguese say yes

When using the Internet for personal purposes, one in three European citizens aged between 16 and 74 years old guarantees to have registered some type of security problem during 2019. The percentage in Portugal is lower, 21%, a more favorable value than more than half of the 27 Member States, according to Eurostat information.

In concrete terms, 32% of European citizens guarantee that in 2019 they were faced with security problems when they used the Internet for personal purposes. The national reality is a little different, which contrasts with the country where most people report these problems: Denmark.

Percentage of European citizens who reported Internet security problems in 2019 Source: Eurostat

According to data released this Tuesday in the context of the International Safer Internet Day, during this period the most reported problem was phishing, with around 25% of Europeans guaranteeing that they had received fraudulent messages. Second, there is the redirection to fake websites that request personal information (pharming), reported by about 12% of respondents.

As the European Commission notes, the percentage of people reporting security problems using the Internet for private purposes varies between Member States. The highest percentages are recorded in Denmark (50%), followed by France (46%) and Sweden (45%). At the opposite extreme are Lithuania (7%), Poland (9%) and Latvia (10%).

In the graph, the United Kingdom already appears "separately" in relation to the 27 Member States, but the same percentage of Dinarmaca, 50%. Even so, in Norway and Switzerland, both from the Schengen Area, the most worrying reality, with the percentages reaching 66% and 54%, respectively.

The data are released on the same day that EU Kids Online shared the results of a report that used interviews with about 25,000 children and young people from 19 European countries between 2017 and 2019. According to information from the Research Network, Portugal is a countries where more children and young people show confidence when dealing with risks on the Internet.

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