Telecoms regulator Ofcom has released statistics suggesting that people are now more confident in web security than in previous years.
Although concerns about data privacy have risen by 15 per cent in two years, the watchdog reports that consumers are becoming more relaxed about entering credit or debit card details online.
It asserts that a change in consumer behaviour has meant that people feel more confident about making value judgements regarding the security of individual websites.
Stewart Purvis, Ofcom's partner for content and standards, said: "Although we have come a long way in the past few years, we need to ensure that people are not left behind by the pace of change."
The findings form part of a wider programme of media education throughout the UK.
In other news, Ofcom has also recently announced the sale of L-band radio spectrum, which can be used for the provision of wireless broadband services.