When it came unpleasant online experiences, 25 percent of the Internet users polled actually had their computers infected by an email virus, and 28 percent claimed to have received offensive e-mail from a stranger. Four percent said they have felt threatened online and 3 percent said they had their credit card information stolen over the Internet. In fact, survey respondents were nearly equally concerned about credit card fraud over the Internet (54 percent) and over the telephone (56 percent).
According to the study, within the past five years, users have grown considerably more comfortable using their credit cards to make purchases online: 48 percent in 2000 said they'd done so compared to 8 percent in 1995.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project is a nonprofit initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts, a Philadelphia-based foundation says it has invested over $250 million in 206 nonproffit organizations in 1999, and has $4.9 billion in assets.
The full study can be found online.
- IDG New Service