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Those who enjoy their broadband connection via a home wireless network have been reminded to protect their data by one expert.

Pat Pilcher of the Independent has advised broadband customers that make use of a router to browse the internet to set a password, reducing the risk of so-called 'data thieves' gobbling bandwidth.

Mr Pilcher revealed he was confronted with the problem in his own home and was forced to follow steps to protect his broadband connection.

He commented: "The simplest way of sorting this was to use encryption, which would scramble my wireless data, making it inaccessible to broadband bludgers unless they were able to guess my wireless network password.

Adding: "My wireless data burglary issues were easily resolved."

According to the Connected Life Consumer Trends Survey carried out by YouGov, 17 per cent of Brits do not encrypt their home wireless network.

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