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Home insurance expert’s warning to social network users

Home insurance expert’s warning to social network users

Home insurance experts are warning social network users against divulging too much personal information on social network sites such as Twitter and Facebook in order to avoid becoming a target for thieves. The advice comes after a spate of burglaries in the New Hampshire area of the US were reported with potential links to social network sites. There was a suggestion the homes may have been targeted by burglars after the owners changed their statuses on Facebook to say they were on holiday or away on business. Some insurers believe that in the future, regular users of social network sites could see their home insurance premiums rise by as much as 10% as a result of the information they give out via the sites. The introduction of the new feature, Facebook Places, which allows users to share their location with other members could lead to problems for home security. By stating a location other than your home, you’re revealing that your property is therefore empty, which could be an open invitation to some thieves. However Facebook has denied there was a substantial link between the New Hampshire break-ins and its website. Facebook say there were in contact with the police force working on the burglaries, and there was no evidence to suggest that the new feature of Facebook Places was involved in any way. Despite this, the advice from insurance companies is to avoid offering up personal information on social network sites, especially any details which could compromise your home safety.

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