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Many of the UK's wireless broadband users are leaving themselves open to cybercrime, it has been revealed.

According to new figures from Get Safe Online, around 7.8 million of the UK's 19 million homes with broadband connections leave their networks totally unsecured.

The figures formed part of a worrying report from the government campaign group which also showed that security measures are not adhered by many users of social networking sites.

Get Safe Online found that of the 10.8 million Britons who use sites such as Myspace and Facebook, around one in four post confidential information such as home addresses on their webspaces - opening the door for enterprising criminals to steal their identities for the purposes of fraud.

Tony Neate, managing director of GetSafeOnline.org, said: "Your date of birth and where you live is enough for someone to set up a credit card in your name.

"So whilst most people wouldn’t give this information to a stranger in real life, they will happily post it online where people they don’t know can see it."

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