AFP: Social network users not taking security steps

Users of social networks are concerned about security but few are taking the steps necessary to protect themselves against online crime, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

Eighty-six percent of the 250 people polled by security software maker AVG Technologies and the Chief Marketing Officers Council said they use social networks at home or at work but less than one-third were taking precautions.

Sixty-four percent said they change their passwords infrequently or never, 57 percent said they adjust their privacy settings infrequently or never and 90 percent said they do not report problems to their social network administrator.

Twenty-one percent said they accept contact offerings from members they do not recognize while more than half let acquaintances or roommates access social networks on their machines.