'High level' confidence in internet
About one in six users of social networking sites (16%) say they share their contact details with anyone or friends of friends. Three in five (61%) only allow their friends to view their contact details and a further 13% say they do not have this information on their profile.
There has been little change in people's willingness to give out their personal information online, with 31% saying they would be happy to enter their credit or debit card details on websites compared to 28% in 2005.
However, users are increasingly looking for security signs like padlocks and system messages, up from 43% in 2005 to 56% in 2011. The number of adults turning to the internet for information about public services has risen from 49% in 2005 to 68% in 2011.
Those aged over 65 are less likely than other age groups to be online, with 51% saying they do not intend to get the internet at home compared with 15% of the population as a whole.
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