Millions of Brits have quit social media, changed email provider or moved banks due to fraud in the past 12 months, new research shows.
A survey of over 2,000 UK adults by tech company Studio Graphene found 12% of UK adults have been the victim of fraud over the past year – equating to 6.21 million people.
And further 16% have had an online banking, social media, shopping or email account hacked.
As a result, around one in six (16%) Brits said they have stopped using social media due to data security concerns.
More than one in eight (12%) have changed service providers – including streaming services, utilities and banks – and 6% have moved to a new email provider for the same reason.
These trends were particularly common among those aged between 18 and 34 – 17% had been the victim of fraud, a quarter had online accounts hacked, 20% had quit social media, 23% had switched service provider, and 11% had changed email provider.
The research also demonstrated how wary consumers have become of the technology they use and the data they share.
Almost three quarters (73%) of UK adults said they are now conscious of the websites and apps they provide personal data to, while 70% are cautious of the particular devices or networks they use to share sensitive information.
But despite being the most exposed to issues of hacking, fraud and data loss, 18-24 year-old Brits exercise the least caution, the survey found.
Only 58% said they are conscious of the websites and apps they share personal data on, and just 56% think about the networks or devices they are using when doing so.
Elsewhere, 24% of respondents said they avoid using ATMs or chip-and-pin machines in shops due to fears of credit and debit card fraud.