Over nine out of ten Brits, (91%) using social media at least once a week have been asked to connect online with someone they have never met, and over half (51%) have accepted these requests, according to Legal & General's Digital Criminal 2012: CyberSafety reporti.
Digital criminals and burglars are exploiting this trusting attitude and are creating networks of fake profiles to engineer a set of mutual friends, to target individuals and their homes and businesses. The connection enables the criminal to uncover a wealth of personal information about the social media user, the home and where they work, making them and their homes an easier target for burglary and potential risk to the business they work for.
Legal & General's virtual housekeeping tips:
1. Be secure
2. Clean up your online footprint
3. Check your privacy
4. Be wary of strangers
5. Limit what you publish
If the worst happens, and you are a victim of burglary, make sure your home contents insurance will cover any losses.
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