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Lovers beware! Scorned exes may share intimate data, images

Posted on Feb 13, 11:06AM | UNI

Bangalore, Feb 12 : McAfee today released findings from 2013 Love, Relationships, and Technology survey which examines the pitfalls of sharing personal data in relationships and discloses how breakups can lead to privacy leaks online.

The study highlights the need for consumers to take steps to protect themselves from cyber-stalking and exposure of private information.

In all 86 per cent 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 79 per cent have password protection on their devices. This leaves a gap in personal data protection, which results in exposure, a company release said.

'We're all aware of the cases involving celebrities, but you don't have to be a celebrity to have your personal information exposed,' Lubna Markar, Senior Marketing Manager, McAfee India and South Asia, said.

Sharing passwords with ones 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,' she added.