A third of Scots do not pro­tect per­sonal data on so­cial me­dia

● Study shows one in ten leaves so­cial me­dia pro­files en­tirely pub­lic

The Scotsman - - Around Scotland - By JANE BRADLEY

A third of Scots leave their so­cial me­dia pro­files open, al­low­ing strangers to see their pri­vate in­for­ma­tion, a re­port from Ex­pe­rian has re­vealed.

Fur­ther­more, one in four ad­mits to writ­ing down their pass­words, ei­ther on a piece of pa­per or on a note on their phone, not think­ing about the in­creased risk of them fall­ing into the wrong hands.

The re­port from Ex­pe­rian said that one in ten leaves pro­files en­tirely pub­lic so that any­body can see ev­ery post and per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, while more than one in three do not put pri­vacy set­tings on cer­tain as­pects of their pro­file or on all of their posts, leav­ing cru­cial pieces of in­for­ma­tion ex­posed. A fur­ther two in five do not pass­word pro­tect their per­sonal de­vices, leav­ing all the in­for­ma­tion stored on their mo­bile open.

Mean­while, a sep­a­rate study showed that over seven mil­lion adult Brits have used wi-fi be­long­ing to some­one else be­cause they can­not af­ford their own. The re­port from San­tander found that 5 per cent of peo­ple have “bor­rowed” wi-fi from their neigh­bours be­cause they couldn’t af­ford their own, Five per cent have spent time in a café or shop with free wi-fi with­out or­der­ing or buy­ing any­thing and 3 per cent of peo­ple

0 Many Scots are free and easy with their mo­bile de­vices and so­cial me­dia pro­files, leav­ing them open to on­line fraud have jumped on an un­known, un­se­cured wi-fi when out and about.

Phil Rance, di­rec­tor of iden­tity prod­ucts at Ex­pe­rian, said: “Across Scot­land, iden­tity fraud is on the rise, with an in­crease in crim­i­nals steal­ing and trad­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion to open bank, mo­bile phone and credit card ac­counts in other peo­ple’s name. This leaves you left to deal with the con­se­quences of your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion be­ing stolen, which can be ex­tremely dis­tress­ing. Yet we aren’t do­ing enough as in­di­vid­u­als to pro­tect our per­sonal in­for­ma­tion.

“One in ten Scots has a pub­lic so­cial me­dia ac­count, mean­ing any­one can search for them and view their ac­tiv­ity.”

Matt Hall, head of bank­ing and un­se­cured credit at San­tander, said: “While ‘pig­gy­back­ing’ some­one else’s wi-fi might seem like a good way to save a few pounds, con­sumers are risk­ing their on­line se­cu­rity by do­ing so.”

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