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ID thieves target social networkers RRS feed

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  •                  One in four social network users are posting information that leaves them at risk of identity fraud, according to research from government-backed Get Safe Online.

                     While 88 per cent of internet users are demonstrating signs of vigilance by installing security software such as a firewalls, anti-spyware and antivirus, their behaviour online is putting them at increased risk of web-based crime.

                     One in four of the 10.8 million UK users registered on a social networking site have risked identity fraud by posting confidential or personal information on their profile. This information typically includes phone number, home address and email.

                    Some 13 per cent of social networkers have also posted information or photos of other people without seeking their consent, according to the research.

    Tuesday, November 13, 2007 10:15 AM

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