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Facebook and Instagram users “leave marks” that could put you in danger

BRITS will leave an online footprint of 9,828 photos and a whopping 62,670 social media posts over the course of his lifetime.

A study of 2,000 adults found that more than a third (36 percent) of our lives are now shared online, which will be evident when we’re gone.

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Do you know how much you’ve shared on Facebook?Credit: Facebook

Including some of the more popular platforms, adults share an average of 276 posts on Instagram, 170 on Facebook, and 141 tweets per year — 17,369, 10,680, and 8,911 in total over the average lifetime.

Likewise, adults have two active email addresses for personal and professional use and have subscribed to over 500 mailing lists.

When asked about security, 47 percent worry about the risks of spending so much of their life online — although 29 percent are not “savvy” when it comes to protecting themselves.

A spokesman for Aloha Browser, which commissioned the study, said: “We all put so much of our lives online these days because it’s considered ‘the norm.’

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“But we’re not giving our online privacy the attention it deserves.

“It’s really easy to protect your privacy online, but far too many people aren’t taking the simple but necessary steps.”

Using strong passwords is the most important thing people do to improve their online privacy (47 percent).

While four in ten never give out their primary email address or phone number, and another 39 percent never use public storage sites like Google Docs or Dropbox.

But even though strong passwords are the most important way to protect yourself, 57 percent still receive warnings that they may be compromised.

Almost half (49 percent) are concerned about online safety, with not wanting to be scammed (67 percent) cited as the top reason.

And two-thirds fear their identity will be stolen, according to the OnePoll study, while 33 percent would be ashamed if they were ever “tricked”.

The average adult is the victim of three fraud attempts each month, with 34 percent agreeing it’s only a matter of time before their data is compromised.

Additionally, 37 percent don’t know what a VPN is, and a whopping 83 percent admit they regularly use it in public places.

How Brits share online

  • *Instagram posts = 127.4 per year
  • *Instagram Stories = 148.72 per year
  • *Tweets = 141.44 per year
  • *Facebook posts = 169.52 per year
  • *LinkedIn contributions = 132.08 per year
  • *TikTok videos = 134.68 per year
  • *Snapchats = 140.92 per year
  • = 994.76 x 63 (average adult lifespan)
  • = 62,669.88

The spokesman added: “Research shows that many people are still unsure of the best way to protect themselves online and even the risks associated with such volatility.

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“That’s why browsers like ours exist — to help consumers protect themselves.”

“As a nation, we need to get smarter about how we use the internet and what we do with it.”

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