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One out of four Internet users in the European Union experienced certain security related problems in 2015 such as viruses or data loss, with the most problems experienced in Croatia, the EU statistical office Eurostat said on Monday.

In the EU, 25% of Internet users experienced certain common security issues, such as viruses affecting devices, abuse of personal information, financial losses or children accessing inappropriate websites, in 2015, whereas 75% encountered no such problems.

Internet security related problems in 2015 were least frequent in the Czech Republic (10%), the Netherlands (11%), Slovakia (13%) and Ireland (14%). At the opposite end of the scale were Croatia (41%), Hungary (39%), Portugal (36%), Malta (34%) and France (33%).

For those users who had security related issues over the internet in 2015, catching a virus or other computer infection (e.g. worm or trojan horse) was the main problem experienced. Twenty-one percent caught a virus or other computer infection, with the highest share in Croatia (41%), Hungary (36%), Portugal (33%). Compared with 2010, the share dropped in all member states, except Croatia.

On the other hand, 14% of Croatians did not use the Internet for specific activities because they had concerns about security, as against 35% of Romanians, 34% of Swedes and 30% of Portuguese.

Security concerns also kept 6% of Croatians from e-banking activities, as against 27% of Internet users in Germany, 26% in Portugal and 24% in Italy.

Using the Internet with a mobile device via wireless connection from places other than home was limited or avoided due to security concerns mostly in the Netherlands (22%), Latvia (21%) and Spain (20%), and 4% in Croatia.

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