Warning over Facebook ID theft risk

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Users of the social media site may be at risk over digital ID theft. Picture: Getty Images

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Users of the social media site may be at risk over digital ID theft. Picture: Getty Images

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Facebook users in the UK could be in danger of identity theft this Christmas because they show their full name and e-mail address on their profile, new research claims.

Credit reporting service Noddle has found that one in six Facebook users in the UK displays both their full name and address on a social media profile, and the firm says this information could be enough for cyber criminals to carry out identity theft. It means four million people could be at risk, Noddle claims.

The news comes at a time millions will be using new devices they received for Christmas.

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