May 052010
 May 5, 2010  Posted by  Online

Helen Leggatt reports:

Social networkers aren’t paying attention to their privacy settings and are broadcasting their personal information to opportunist criminals. In fact, Consumer Reports found that around a quarter (23%) of the 2,000 American households surveyed either didn’t care, or didn’t know, about protecting their privacy while on social networks.

The publication’s “State of the Net” survey found 9% of social network users had been the victim of some form of online abuse in the past year such as malware infections, scams, identity theft or harassment.

Yet, despite the continued stories of identity theft ruining people’s lives, and data being stolen by hackers, over half continue to post “risqué” personal information to their profiles – even broadcasting when they will be away on holiday.


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