Legal & General Alert Customers to the Need for Online Security

By Legal General, PRNE
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Report Finds That Users of Social Networking Sites are More at Risk of Burglary Than Ever Before

TADWORTH, England, January 13, 2011 - Research carried out by Legal & General, a provider of home insurance
(, has uncovered
that users of social networking sites are putting themselves at risk of
burglary more than ever and are today reminding its customers of the need to
be careful with personal data online.

Legal & General, with the help of Michael Fraser, created the latest
Digital Criminal Report which highlights that more and more people are
joining location-based social networking sites. This, combined with the
availability of private residential addresses for sale on the internet, is
putting users of sites such as Facebook and FourSquare at more risk of
burglary, and increases the importance of buying home contents insurance
to protect their belongings.

Last year, Facebook launched its 'Facebook Places' location service,
which allows people to 'check in' to their current location and share their
whereabouts with friends or followers. Burglars are then able to use this
information to establish a list of potential targets.

The report revealed that 40% of people agree that there is a risk with
location-based services as it informs would-be burglars of their whereabouts,
but this hasn't discouraged people from joining social networking sites that
host the service.

The report also shows that anyone can purchase access to private address
information via - even if the resident is ex-directory, so long as
the resident is on the electoral roll.

In response to these findings Legal & General offers these useful tips
for protecting yourself online:

    - Don't post when you're likely to leave your house unattended for any
    length of time, such as visiting friends and relatives or going away on

    - Don't post what valuables you've bought recently, such as a new TV or
    home entertainment system.

    - Ensure you're covered with buildings and contents insurance

Notes to editors

For more information on Legal & General's home insurance products please

The latest Digital Criminal report is available to download

The Publicity Team, Legal & General House, Kingswood, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 6EU, Telephone +44(0)1737-376024, Fax +44(0)1737-374275

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