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China's instant messenger users reach 277 million

According to the "Survey Report on China's Instant Messenger Users 2009," recently published by China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the number of China's instant messenger users reached 277 million at the end of 2009, increasing by 23.7 percent year-on-year. Of which, the number of mobile phone instant messenger users stands at 91.41 million, accounting for one-third.

The survey showed that the number of the young instant messenger users between 20 and 29 years old account for 40.2 percent of the total 277 million users, reaching 111 million. Such young people are also the largest group of mobile phone instant messenger users, accounting for 53.7 percent of all users.

The survey also showed that security is the issue that the users pay the most attention to. 48.7 percent of instant messenger users have experienced losing their accounts (stolen or forgotten). As more and more people engage in E-business and online trade through instant messengers, solving the security problem has become a pressing issue for instant communications.

However, the general security awareness of China's instant messenger users is relatively low. According to the survey, 74.2 percent of China's instant messenger users never or rarely change their passwords. Only 4.8 percent of users utilize different passwords for different sites, and the numbers of the users who change their passwords weekly and monthly account for only 5.2 and 1.9 percent of the total respectively.

By People's Daily Online