TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Study Finds Less Trusting Internet Users

Study Finds Less Trusting Internet Users

Associated Press News Wire (
Wed, 26 Oct 2005 11:03:50 -0500

As identity theft has grown, so has fear of being victimized through
high-tech means. A new study finds some computer users are cutting
back on time spent surfing the Internet. Some have also stopped buying
altogether on the Web.

The report from Consumer Reports WebWatch finds nearly a third of
those surveyed say they've reduced their overall Web site use.

Some 80 percent of Internet users say they're at least somewhat
concerned someone could steal their identity from personal information
on the Internet. A majority of users asked say they've stopped giving
out personal information on the Web and a quarter say they've stopped
buying online.

The survey was of 1,500 U.S. Web users aged 18 and older.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.

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[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Some of you may remember, as I do, when
our 'village' was a much smaller place, much more innocent and much
more friendly. Then came 1993-94 and things began to change a lot
around here. PAT]

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