Identity theft warning

Only 38 per cent of people in Bristol have a passcode that locks their phone. 40 per cent don't have any anti-virus or safety software on their devices. Experts are warning this sort of attitude and behaviour leaves them open to identity fraud.

Phone fraud on the rise

Experts are warning people in the South West to protect their phones or face being a victim of identity fraud. David Wood reports.

If you are worried about identity fraud, you can reduce the risk:

If you use social networking sites, limit the amount of personal information you give away and activate tough privacy settings.

Only enter your personal details into secure websites (look for https:// at the start of the website address and a closed padlock symbol on your web browser window), belonging to organisations you know and trust.

Check the credentials of anyone asking for your personal information, whether by phone, face-to-face or over the internet. If in doubt, don't do it!

Shred any documents that contain your information before you throw them away.

For more information on protecting yourself from identity fraud click here

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Fraudsters could hack your phones, experts warn

Only 38% of people in Bristol have a passcode that locks their phone. Credit: PA

Experts are warning people in the South West to protect their phones or face being a victim of identity fraud.

It comes after new figures revealed:

  • Only 38% of people in Bristol have a passcode that locks their phone.

  • 40% don't have any anti-virus or safety software on their devices.

  • 53% of people in the city would answer a call from an unknown number.

  • And 10% of Bristolians wrongly believe if they have an Apple device they can't get a virus.