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If you have deep dark shades of grey secrets that you would not want your mother to know then avoid the internet. If you do then be prepared warns McAfee.

McAfee released findings from the companies 2013 Love, Relationships and Technology survey which examines the pitfalls of sharing personal data – no surprise, breakups can lead to privacy leaks on line.

First salient (or is that salacious) point is that 49% of Aussie smartphone users have personal and intimate information (not just revealing photos but bank accounts, credit cards and passwords) on their phone. 51% have used them to send intimate SMS, emails or photos.

Perhaps the most telling thing is how naïve and trusting we Aussies are. 96% believe their data and revealing photos are safe in the hands of their partners! Sure to quote an old saying “If you can’t say something nice about someone come over here and I will buy you a drink” – 10% had seen personal content inappropriately leaked.

Despite well publicised risks 34% of Aussies still plan to send sexy or romantic photos to their partners via email or text – especially around Valentine’s Day.

When gaining access to a partners passwords many admitted that they had checked their emails (47%), bank accounts (57%) and social media pages (47%). But more worrying is the 31% who also track their former partner’s Facebook page – “Can’t get you out of my head”.

What remedies do you have? Of those affected 17% thought the matter serious enough to hire a lawyer to “fix” it. The rest either took it stoically, confronted the other person (56%) or retaliated on-line (30%).

McAfee warned that 40% of Aussies are not using a password to protect smart phones and that’s like leaving the front door unlocked.

Opinion:

Nice work McAfee – security is more than protection against Virus or Malware. The stats don’t surprise but was does surprise is that despite hectares of media space on the lack of internet security there are still those who don’t listen. So one last time

Every text you send, every mov(i)e you make we will be watching you.

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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