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Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
Sarah Lumley

Brits will leave a massive online trail behind them within their lifetime

Brits will leave behind an online trail of 9,828 photos, 10,811 social media posts and 126 email addresses across their lifetime.

A study of 2,000 adults found more than a third (36%) of our lives are now shared online, which will be viewable - even when we're no longer here.

Adults share an average of 276 posts on Instagram, 170 on Facebook and 141 tweets annually - amounting to 17,369, 10,680 and 8,911 collectively, over the average lifetime.

Similarly, adults have two active email addresses for both personal, and work use, and will have signed up to over 500 mailing lists.

When quizzed on the safety aspect of this, 47% do worry about the risks of putting so much of their life online - despite 29% failing to be "savvy" when it comes to protecting themselves.

Brits are encouraged to be more 'tech savvy' as sharing life online can increase the risk of identity theft. (Aloha Browser/SWNS)

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

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

"It really is simple to protect your privacy online but far too many people aren’t taking the simple, yet necessary steps".

Using secure passwords is the top thing people do to improve their internet privacy (47%).

While four in 10 never disclose their main email address - or phone number - and a further 39% refrain from using public storage websites, such as Google Docs or Dropbox.

But despite strong passwords being the main way people protect themselves, 57% still receive warnings about them potentially being compromised.

Nearly half (49%) are apprehensive about online safety with not wanting to be scammed (67%) cited as the top reason for this.

And two thirds worry about having their identity stolen whereas 33% would be embarrassed if they ever got "tricked", according to the OnePoll study.

The average adult is recipient of three scam attempts every month, with 34% agreeing it’s only a matter of time until their data is compromised.

What’s more, 37% don’t know what a VPN is, but as many as 83% admit they regularly use them in public places.

The spokesperson added: “It’s clear from the research a lot of people are still unsure about how to best protect themselves online and even the risks that are associated with being so volatile.

"That’s why browsers like ours exist - to help consumers protect themselves.”

“As a nation, we need to become savvier with how we use the internet and what we do with it.”

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