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Internet users have average of 8.5 social media accounts

19 Sep 2019

How many social media accounts do you have? How about your children, siblings and parents?

According to stats from Statista the average number of social media accounts per internet user in 2018 was a whopping 8.5[1]. Which begs the question – how much of your personal information is out there on the internet and how secure is it?

An article in the Mirror[2] recently revealed that 85% of Brits on Instagram have shared details that could leave them open to ID theft, with young people the prime target.

The article stated that 47% of payment scams in the last year were among under 30s, with over half (52 per cent) believing they have been approached by scammers on social media.

It’s a worrying trend that is only set to grow, with people joining social media at younger and younger ages, without enough education about the dangers of identity fraud. The internet we see and search comprises only 1% of the internet, with the Deep Web and Dark Web making up 99% of the internet as a whole. The Dark Web is something many of us haven’t heard of, but it’s a place where millions of hacked data and identities are bought and sold illegally every day. With so much of our information now easily plucked from social media, fraudsters are enjoying a freer reign than ever before.

In our PrivacyDefence product we have something to combat the hackers. From £7 a month it will scour the web, deep web and dark web for your personal information – emails, bank details, phone numbers and more and alert you instantly when it finds it, so you can work with our Assisted Restoration team to ensure your data stays in the hands of the only person it belongs to – you.

In the meantime, check the security and privacy settings on your social media accounts, and any of your dependents, to ensure your personal information is kept away from the searching eyes of internet fraudsters.