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1/6 people have fallen prey to hackers

14th October 2014

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17% of people have had their social media accounts or phones hacked into, according to a survey.

Research has revealed that more than one in six have been “maliciously hacked by an outside source”, with Facebook most likely to be targeted.

Less worryingly, just under one in five with a social media account admit that they have been accessed by friends, who have posted embarrassing messages.

Young people are most worried about hackers viewing financial information, but 5% of phone owners are also worried about someone seeing sexually explicit photos of themselves or of someone else.

Those aged over 55 are the most likely to be victims of hacking, according to the survey, which was carried out by Protect Your Bubble.

Whilst 69% of those aged 55+ had been hacked at some point, this fell to 50% in the 18-24 age group.

The research suggests that those aged 18-24 are more savvy about protecting themselves online than their parents or grandparents – 37% were worried about their personal or financial information being hacked, compared to 22% of those aged 45-54 and just 16% of those over 55.

It also found that, amongst smartphone owners who had had their accounts hacked into, 63% had seen an outside source had gain access to their account without their permission one or more times.

Twitter was the second most commonly hacked social network, with 19% of smartphone users having their accounts compromised.

Stephen Ebbett, Global Director of Protect Your Bubble, says: “Our new survey shows just how important it is to protect your social media accounts from those who want to hack into your account.”

He adds: “It’s concerning that the research has uncovered that just under one in six people have had their social media accessed maliciously. It highlights the importance of having a good password and, if possible, two-step authentication on your social media accounts.”

Protect Your Bubble has created a handy anti-hacking guide to keeping your phone safe. 

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