Usage of internet in households and by individuals, detailed data, Slovenia, 2020

Internet security: 55% of 16–74-year-olds carried out measures to protect personal data on the Internet

In the first quarter of 2020, 55% of 16–74-year-olds carried out measures to protect personal data on the Internet. 22% of households with fixed broadband access to the Internet encountered problems where the speed of the Internet connection was lower than specified in the contract.

  • 12/3/2020
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In the first quarter of 2020, 87% of individuals aged 16–74 years regularly used the Internet. Three quarters of them used the Internet several times during the day (69% in 2019). The Internet was used several times during the day by 95% of 16–24-year-olds, 96% of 25–34-year-olds, 91% of 35–44-year-olds, 80% of 45–54-year-olds, 54% of 55–64-year-olds and 33% of 65–74-year-olds.

16–74-year-olds used the Internet for finding information about goods or services (77%), 71% read online news sites, newspapers, magazines, 58% listened to music over the Internet, 35% shared on the websites such as Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok or via applications Viber, WhatsApp self-created photos, videos, texts. 34% saved documents, photos or other files in the storage space on the Internet (in the cloud) and 52% purchased online in the last 3 months. 

The Internet has become a source of information, a means for communication, online shopping. At the same time, the use of the Internet also brings new threats. Due to that, it is important that users adequately protect themselves and personal data on the Internet.

More than a third of 16–74-year-olds refused allowing the use of personal data for advertising purposes

In the first quarter of 2020, 55% of 16–74-year-olds carried out measures to protect personal data on the Internet. 35% refused allowing the use of personal data for advertising purposes. 31% read privacy policy statements before providing personal data, 29% restricted or refused access to their geographical location, a quarter limited access to profile or content on social networking sites or shared online storage, 21% checked that the website where they provided personal data was secure (e.g. https sites) had a safety logo or certificate and 3% asked websites or search engines administrators (e.g. or providers to access the data they hold about them to update or delete it. 

More than half of 16–74-year-olds know that cookies can be used for tracing movements of users on the Internet to make a profile of them and service them with tailored ads

Cookies are used to collect data on users and website traffic, user habits. These are files that store the settings of websites on the devices with which the users access the Internet. 56% of 16–74-year-olds know that cookies can be used to trace movements of Internet users, to make a profile of each user and service them with tailored ads. 23% have changed the settings in their Internet browser to prevent or limit cookies on any of their devices.

57% of 16–74-year-olds are concerned that their online activities are being recorded to provide them with tailored advertising. Of those, 29% are very concerned and 71% are somewhat concerned.
18% of 16–74-year-olds use software that limits the ability to track their activities on the Internet on some of their devices. 

Almost three quarters use open source services or software

When using the Internet and various applications, the users create data that are collected and processed for various purposes by the providers of these services. An alternative to commercial programs are open source services and programs. In the first quarter of 2020, 74% of 16–74-year-olds used such open source services or programs. The majority (65%) used open source Internet browser, e.g. Mozilla Firefox, Chromium, Brave. 43% used open source online encyclopedia (e.g. Wikipedia), open source map (e.g. Open Street Map) or open source messaging or videoconferencing software (e.g. Jitsi Meet). 22% used open source text, picture, sound or graphics editor, e.g. LibreOffice, Open Office, Inkscape, GIMP, Audacity, Blender, and 7% open source software for managing web content (e.g. WordPress) or for storing, sharing documents on the Internet online data storage space (e.g. Nextcloud).

Nine out of ten households have Internet access 

In the first quarter of 2020, 90% of households with at least one person aged 16–74 years had Internet access. The share was 89% in Vzhodna Slovenija and 91% in Zahodna Slovenija. Regarding the degree of urbanisation, 93% of households in densely populated areas, 91% in intermediate areas and 88% in thinly populated areas had Internet access.

80% of households accessed the Internet via fixed broadband connections. Of those, 54% did not encounter any problems while using these Internet connections in the first quarter of 2020. One quarter encountered frequent disconnections or slow connection speeds, 22% encountered the problem that the speed of the connection was slower than specified in the contract, 18% with the problem that the connection was disconnected for a long time without prior notice by the Internet service provider, e.g. due to maintenance, infrastructure upgrades, and 8% with the problem that the service provider has been troubleshooting the Internet connection too long.

More data for 2020 in the SiStat Database

The survey was partly funded in the framework of the technical support activities (studies, evaluations and other bases, analysis, strategic programming documents) under the Operational Program for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the 2014–2020 period for the goal of investments in growth and jobs, which is co-funded by the European Union Cohesion Fund and the Republic of Slovenia.
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