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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

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我国即时通信用户达2.77亿

中国互联网络信息中心日前发布的《2009年中国即时通信用户调研报告》显示,截至2009年底,我国即时通信用户规模已突破2.77亿,同比增长23.7%,其中手机即时通信用户占总体用户的1/3,规模达9141万。

  

调查显示,在我国2.77亿即时通信用户中,20—29岁的青年人群所占比例高达40.2%,人数达1.11亿。这一人群同样也是移动即时通信的最大用户群体,占到了整体比例的53.7%。

  

调查显示,安全成为用户最关注的因素,有48.7%的即时通信用户发生过账号丢失(被盗或遗忘)的情况。报告分析指出,随着越来越多的用户通过即时通信进行电子商务、网上交易等行为,解决即时通信的安全性问题正变得日益紧迫。

  

与之相反的是,我国即时通信用户群体安全意识整体偏低。调查显示,在我国即时通信用户中,有74.2%的用户不更换或者很少更换密码,而依照使用地点更换密码的用户只有4.8%,每月更换以及每周更换的比例分别为5.2%和1.9%。