Online security and safety features usage at home in the UK 2016-2018

This statistic displays the findings of a survey on the usage of security measures and safety features among internet users in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2016 to 2018. Security software is the most common security measure used at home among internet users, with 59 percent of respondents saying that they use such software to protect themselves.

Usage of selected online security and safety features at home in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2016 to 2018*

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Release date

May 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2016 to 2018

Number of respondents


Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

adults who go online at home using any device.

Method of interview

Computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI)

Supplementary notes

* The original survey question was: "Which, if any of these things do you or someone in your household do at home? ".
** n (2016) = 1,553; n (2017) = 1,550; n (2015) = 1,398; n (2017) = 1,570; n (2018) = 1,602;
Data for "Use strong passwords on devices that can be used to go online" and "Use strong passwords for online services like email, social media, PayPal etc" is amended as"Use strong passwords online or on devices used to go online" in 2019 and results in overall 62 share of respondents

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