Protect your phone like you would your home

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Six in ten think there is less chance of them being a victim of digital crimes as a opposed to one from a home break in

More than 60 per cent of British people believe they are more likely to fall victim to a break in to their home rather than digital crimes, despite the likelihood of both incidents being on similar levels for 16 to 44-year-olds.

This is according to recent research from BT who surveyed 2,214 adults across the UK. The telecoms provider added 15 per cent in the age range are as likely to suffer a digital crime as they are a home break-in (17 per cent).

Thirty four per cent did not consider digital security as being a risk to their house, while 10 per cent believed access to WiFi on their phones is likely a source of crime. Just over half claimed front doors, windows or back doors are more likely targets.

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Only a third of parents take advantage of parental controls for web, despite 49 per cent being concerned about their children falling victim to cyber crime. Thirty nine per cent admitted their child has seen inappropriate content online.

BT security CEO Mark Hughes said: “People must ensure they are protecting themselves and their family from increasingly sophisticated cyber threats such as phishing emails, malware, and inappropriate web content.”

City of London police commander Chris Greany added: “The Crime Survey of England and Wales showed that people are much more likely to be a victim of digital crimes in the UK, with almost half of all crime now either fraud or cybercrime.

“Just as people protect their home so they also need to protect their digital presence. Many broadband and telephone providers offer free security solutions and we encourage everyone to take advantage of these, to ensure they are protected against the less visible dangers online and over the phone.”

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