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Valentine's Day: you might be sharing 'too much' with your partner!

Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 14, 2013
First Published: 12:56 IST(14/2/2013) | Last Updated: 14:40 IST(14/2/2013)

It’s that day of the year when mush is in the air and it also happens to be that time when you see a rise in the ‘revenge of the ex’ cases. A study by anti-virus maker McAfee reveals that there are pitfalls to sharing ‘too much’ when you are in a relationship and discloses how break-ups can lead to privacy leaks online.

A broken relationship (Representational pic)

“Sharing passwords with your partner might seem harmless, but it often puts you at risk, landing private information on a public platform for all to see. Everyone needs to be aware of the risks and take steps to make sure that their personal data is safe and secure,” says Lubna Markar, senior marketing manager, McAfee India and South Asia. Here are some of the interesting finds from the survey.

Risqué it?
Think all is fair in love and war? So does your ex. According to the survey, 77 per cent of adults have had their personal content leaked to others without their permission. Also, three in 10 former lovers have threatened to expose risqué photos of their exes online. Sharing isn’t caring 60 per cent of Mumbaikars, 51.8 per cent of Delhiites and 47 per cent of Chennai residents plan to share sexy or romantic photos with their partners via email, text and social media today.

Stalk me not
Voyeurism is on the rise, and Big Boss is tracking your every move. More than 73 per cent surveyed have admitted to checking their significant other’s social media pages. Around 44 per cent track their bank accounts and nearly 72 per cent log in to scan their emails. The survey also revealed 47 per cent folks track their exes on Facebook while 49 per cent check on their current partner.
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About 98 per cent of Indians delete personal or intimate text messages emails and photos regularly.  

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