McAfee: Ex-Lovers Present a Data Security Risk

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McAfee recently published the results of a survey which found that 13 percent of U.S. adults have had their personal content leaked to others without their permission. Ten percent of ex-partners have threatened to expose risque photos of their exes online, the survey found -- and those threats were carried out almost 60 percent of the time.

"There is surely little doubt that for all the good that the digital world has spawned, it has also escalated world levels of neurosis," writes CNET News' Chris Matyszczyk. "Who can be surprised, then, that 12.5 percent of those who exposed some of their ex-lover's intimate information merely did it because said ex posted a picture with another lover? This rivals the 14.1 percent who did it because the lover called off their wedding."

"Before revenge is exacted, though, a majority of people armed with a partner's passwords just snoop around their emails, bank accounts, and social media pages," writes PCMag.com's Stephanie Mlot. "Men are more inclined to dig around their significant other's information than women, McAfee reported."

"We’re all aware of the cases involving celebrities, but you don’t have to be a celebrity to have your personal information exposed," McAfee chief privacy officer Michelle Dennedy said in a statement. "Sharing passwords with your partner might seem harmless, but it often puts you at risk for a 'revenge of the ex' situation, landing private information in a public platform for all to see. Everyone needs to be aware of the risks and take the steps to make sure their personal data is safe and secure."

"Nearly two-thirds of smartphone owners have personal and intimate information on their mobile devices, such as bank account information, passwords, credit card numbers and revealing photos, yet only 40 percent have password protection on their devices, McAfee said," writes TechNewsDaily's Ned Smith. "This leaves a gap in personal data protection, which results in exposure."