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BT has reaffirmed its commitment to safeguarding customers from cyber threats.

Mark Hughes, Chief Executive of BT Security, described customer protection as a "top priority" for the firm, as cyber threats are becoming "increasingly sophisticated".

However, new figures from BT indicate that many consumers may not doing enough to protect themselves.

Indeed, 34 per cent said they do not consider poor digital security to be a risk to their home.

Furthermore, just 37 per cent were found to be fearful of falling victim to a digital crime.

By contrast, 60 per cent are concerned about experiencing a physical home break-in.

BT said this means many people are failing to take advantage of free security solutions being offered by their broadband and phone providers.

For instance, just 36 per cent of parents and guardians use parental control technology to restrict web access.

This is despite 49 per cent admitting to being worried about their children falling victim to cyber crime, and 39 per cent saying they are concerned their child might accidentally see inappropriate content online.

"People must ensure that they are protecting themselves and their family," Mr Hughes said.

"We are continually developing our security portfolio to ensure our customers have best-in-class, built-in internet security across all web-connected devices, through solutions such as BT Web Protect, BT Virus Protect and BT Parental Controls."

Commander Chris Greany, City of London Police and National Co-ordinator for Economic Crime, added: "Just as people protect their home from burglary so they also need to protect their digital presence."

He urged consumers to take advantage of the free security solutions offered by broadband and telephone providers to ensure they are "protected against the less visible dangers online and over the phone".

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