Social Networking for Thieves
Posted on Aug 27, 2009
Aren’t Facebook and Twitter great? You get to let all your friends know what you just thought about in the shower, take time-wasting quizzes and post fun pix of your summer vacation! Problem with that last part is that people who definitely aren’t your friends also get to know your details and whereabouts—and that might impact insurance premiums down the line. —KA
Users of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter could face higher insurance premiums because burglars may be using them to find out their personal details.
Social networkers could face higher insurance premiums because burglars may be using them to find out their personal details.
Millions of users post details about their home, as well as holiday plans, acting as an invitation to the burglars, according to insurers Legal & General.
The warning comes as a report called The Digital Criminal, commissioned by Legal & General, and prepared by Michael Fraser, the star of BBC’s Beat The Burglar, has been launched.
The Digital Criminal report, which polled 2,000 social network users, found nearly two fifths had posted details of their holiday plans, with nearly two thirds of 16-24 year-olds doing so.