On the International Internet Day, it showed that no less than 42 percent of the Dutch people do not know what to do to protect their privacy on the internet. More than half (53%) has been hacked before or suspects to have been hacked. This is a finding of research conducted by BIT, specialist in collocation, internet connections, managed hosting and outsourcing, among 992 consumers with an office job. The data are compiled in the report 'Internet stubborn'.
Lack of knowledge is evident from the download behaviour. More than half (56%) of the Dutch people do not check whether a download is safe or not. It also shows that nearly half (46%) opens emails from unknown senders and 29 percent opens files from unknown sources. Only four in ten Dutch people uses adblocker, which protects against malware from advertisement networks.
Privacy protection is not the most important
When Dutch people think they are victims of cybercrime, 42 percent does not always take action and 13 percent never takes action at all. Protection with virus scanners is a solution, but the Dutch population does not want to pay much for that. Three out of ten people are not willing to pay for a virus scanner at all and the majority (42%) do not want to spend more than € 50,00 a year on it.
It is striking that the Dutch say they have no idea about the protection of their privacy on the internet, but also do not seem to find it important. Only 4 percent sees the lack of privacy protection as a big frustration on the internet. Slow and poor functioning of the internet is indicated to be the biggest frustration by the majority of the people (47%).
Wido Potters, Manager Support & Sales at BIT, on the results: "The internet has had many developments over the years. Sadly, the internet is also familiar with things like malware, phishing and cybercrime. It is worrying that the Dutch people cannot be bothered with their safety on the internet and the effect it can have on others or on the work environment. I find it striking that there is generally little knowledge on privacy protection, but also that it does not seem to be a priority. Speed and safety can go together really well. By being more stubborn on the internet, you can secure your safety and privacy as well as speed."
Want to know more about the results? Download the report "Internet stubborn" here (Dutch)