Forty-two percent of British consumers expect to lose money to online fraud, according to the National Cyber Security Centre's new UK Cyber Survey analysis. 

Key findings include: 

  • Only 15 percent say they know a great deal about how to protect themselves online. Younger and more affluent respondents are more aware and more likely to take protective actions.
  • Almost half (46 percent) agree most information about how to be secure online is confusing.
  • 80 percent say cybersecurity is a high priority, though this does not mean they take action; some groups most likely to say it is a priority are least likely to take protective action.
  • Prevalence of always/often taking protective behaviors ranges from 21 percent saving passwords using a password manager, to 75 percent who use password, passcode or PIN to unlock devices.
  • The most prevalent online security considerations are protecting privacy and avoiding money being stolen (52 percent and 51 percent respectively, thinking about these ‘a lot’ when online).
  • 70 percent believe they will likely be a victim of at least one specific type of cybercrime over the next two years and most feel there would be a big personal impact.
  • Just over one in three (37 percent) agree that losing money or personal details over the internet is unavoidable these days.
  • One in three (34 percent) rely to some extent on friends/family for help on cybersecurity; older people aged 65+ are particularly reliant.