INTERNET MONITOR: Confidence grows in online shopping

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In the past year, an estimated 17.4 million people shopped online, according to the British Computer Society.

The BCS surveyed 2,000 adults in the UK and measured a 13% rise in online shopping, with internet buyers spending an average of 164 per month online.

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of British adults claim to have access to the internet and their main reasons for using it include research and learning, (65%), online purchasing (58%), news and other information on favourite websites (46%), and online banking (43%).

Just over a third of home internet users use online banking and are confident in the security of the service, while 32% have concerns about security (but half of this group still use it).

While confidence and user numbers continue to grow, the BCS survey found that 8% of home interne...

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