Many broadband users are still failing to take the basic internet security precautions required to safeguard their computer systems, it has been reported.
Research conducted by broadband provider Eclipse Internet indicated that 71 per cent of web users do not have IT security software on their work PC.
Some 75 per cent of survey respondents said they would be unable to spot a rogue link before clicking through to it, while 58 per cent use the same password for every online site they access.
Clodagh Murphy, Director of Eclipse Internet, commented: "In today's uncertain economic world, it is understandable why small businesses may think twice before investing more in IT security.
"However, no investment at all could prove to be catastrophic to their bottom line."
She advised that all organisations work closely with their internet service provider and security vendor to develop "robust guidelines" so their employees are "fully up to speed with online dangers".
Last month, Eclipse Internet became the fifth ISP to be named a recommended broadband provider by UK consumer watchdog Which?