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March 02, 2012 10:35 ET

Legal & General Reveals Increased Risk from Digital Criminals

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 2, 2012) - Legal & General's Digital Criminal 2012: CyberSafety report* reveals attitudes to social networking is putting social media users at risk of falling victim to increasingly sophisticated cyber criminals.

According to research conducted for Legal & General's home insurance business, 91% of Brits who use social media at least once a week are asked to connect online with someone they've never met and 51% accept these requests which are effectively from strangers.

To highlight some of the key findings from the Report, we've created a series of infographics (images and key facts), and a video.

Also, to help you stay safe online, Legal & General have the following 'virtual housekeeping' tips:

  • Be secure
    • Use firewalls, anti-spyware and anti-virus software
    • Use strong passwords, which are eight characters or more, and contain a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols
    • Use different passwords for each account
    • Don't use your email address as a log on name
  • Clean up your online footprint
    • Google yourself to find out what information is posted about you online
    • Delete old profiles, such as Friends Reunited, Bebo and old dating profiles that are unused
    • Check out what is stored on you for marketing purposes on websites such as, and others
  • Check your privacy
    • Check out each social networking site's privacy policy
    • Set your account's privacy controls to 'private' and be wary of the 'friends of friends' permission settings - think about how far this widens your network
    • Check which social networking sites have access to your private data
  • Be wary of strangers
    • Don't accept friend or connect requests from people who you've never met
  • Limit what you publish
    • Don't reveal your date of birth or gender
    • Don't reveal where you live or post telephone numbers
    • Don't talk about your holiday plans, weekend plans or new purchases

You should also ensure you have suitable home contents insurance in place should the worst happen and you are a victim of burglary.

The Digital Criminal 2012: CyberSafety report is available to download or alternatively, find out more about Legal & General's home insurance or get a home insurance quote.

* Consumer research for Legal & General's Digital Criminal 2012: CyberSafety report was conducted with 2,005 UK adults who use social media at least once a week, between 16 and 18 January 2012.

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