Czech Republic Reports Safest Internet Use in EU

Czech Republic Reports Safest Internet Use in EU

One of four internet users in the European Union experienced security problems in 2015, a new Eurostat study released for Safer Internet Day (February 9) reported.

Those security problems included “viruses affecting devices, abuse of personal information, financial losses or children accessing inappropriate websites.”

At 43%, Croatia reported the highest percentage of users who experienced such issues, followed by Hungary (39%), Portugal (36%), Malta (34%)  and France (33%).

But only 1 in 10 internet users in the Czech Republic reported security problems in 2015 – the lowest percentage across the EU. 

Source: Eurostat
Source: Eurostat

After the Czech Republic, the Netherlands (11%), Slovakia (13%), Ireland (14%), and Cyprus (15%) also reported a low percentage of internet users who experienced security issues last year.

Only 8% of Czech net users caught a virus in 2015, down from 26% in 2010.

Across the EU, however, internet security remains a major issue, with many users expressing concern over making purchases online or connecting to public WiFi.

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See the Eurostat press release for further details. 

Is the net really safer in the Czech Republic? Or are Czech internet users just that much more savvy?

Given that Prague is the headquarters of internet security giant Avast Software, who holds the biggest market share of antivirus software in the world, perhaps the news shouldn’t come as a surprise. 

Dave Park

David Park was born and raised in Baltimore and has been living in the Czech Republic since 2009 after studying journalism in Prague. No stranger to controversial topics, feel free to comment on his articles and let him know how you *really* feel.

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