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McAfee study shows that 'sexting' is probably more common than you'd think

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McAfee study shows that 'sexting' is probably more common than you'd think
In the process of embedding smartphones into our lives, we've grown some rather dangerous habits, and it appears that it might be a tad too late to do anything about it. According to a new study carried out by Intel-owned McAfee, a staggering 50% of adult smartphone users are sharing intimate or sexual content with others, including videos, photos, emails, and messages. A mind-boggling 46% of U.S. respondents are reported to have shared their password with somebody else, a figure that is down from 54% -- an improvement, but not a cure.

So what's the big deal? Well, according to the survey, half of survey-takers have stored or archived 'sexts' or intimate text messages. As you can guess, most of these are exchanged between couples, but the problem is that couples break up, and just 37% of people go on to ask their ex to delete intimate content. That's a big, fat chance to take with somebody that you will likely never be close with again. 

With all the stories we’ve heard about intimate photos being leaked, it’s hard to believe people are still sharing their passwords,” Gary Davis says, VP of McAfee's consumer business. “Ultimately, they’re increasing the risks of these photos becoming public and possibly jeopardizing their identity and reputation. Consumers must take precautions and use mobile security to ensure that what should be private stays private.”

Thankfully, a rather healthy 73% of respondents go on to change their password after a breakup -- a good idea, seeing as password sharing seems to be so commonplace for some reason.


source: McAfee [1], [2]

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posted on 05 Feb 2014, 03:48 3

1. androiphone20 (Posts: 1472; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


One word...Snapchat

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 03:00

8. reckless562 (Posts: 851; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


u can save them :D

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 04:10 1

2. neops (Posts: 204; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


Mostly teenagers do sexting and the revealing is a major trauma for their lives and their families. They are forced to change school, living place. Marks them for ever because of the society's "pact of wolfs" reaction.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 04:52 2

3. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


I'm not gonna lie i have exchanged a rather regreatable set of pics with an ex but i'm not afraid she'll do anything with them because she knows that i have her pics all saved up. Muahahaha

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 06:38 1

4. remtothemax (Posts: 235; Member since: 02 May 2012)


why are the graphics two sexy chicks, but only one confused looking guy who is vaguely fit?
perhaps there could be more even representation?

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 11:42

5. Augustine (Posts: 738; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Raspberry!!! :-P

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 00:56

7. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


It isn't a confused man. He's simply doing the naked man. Works 2 out of 3 times.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 20:56

6. aksa123 (Posts: 217; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


I don't get it. Why share your "private" thing???
Does it include blackmail?

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