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Crossing online privacy border puts Valentine's Day gestures in jeopardy: Kaspersky Lab survey

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

When relationships blossom, individual digital lives become compromised, which can endanger our personal

According to global research from and Toluna, despite an overwhelming majority of people stating that their relationships are more important to them than their privacy, unhappy partnerships can fuel fears, and overstepping boundaries can often lead to arguments.

With so much of our daily lives bound up in and digital devices, the role of and transparency in a relationship is changing. Our research found that eight in ten (80 percent) people believe that couples should have private space, both on and offline, and 70 percent of people value their relationships more than their Half of partners openly share their device PINs and passwords with each other, and a quarter of people have their fingerprint on their partners' devices.

However, when we openly share access to our digital life, we are leaving our digital footprints exposed, and secrets - good or bad - laid bare. Every third surveyed admits spying on their partner online to see what they get up to, and this figure rises to almost half among those who describe their relationships as unstable or unsure if they have a future. Unhappy partners are also more likely to feel that their is endangered by their partner (31 percent agree) compared to those in a happy relationship (15 percent agree).

Unhappy partners are more inclined to want to keep some of their activities to themselves (76 percent compared to 54 percent for those in a happy relationship). The top things to hide include the content of messages they send to other people, how they spend their money, some of their personal files and websites they have visited.

The issue of and secrecy surrounding might also lead to partners quarrelling - a third (33 percent) have argued after a partner viewed something which the other didn't want to share.

"With so many partners using each other's devices or snooping on their loved ones, boundaries can go out of the window. This can thwart any or birthday surprises and prevent people from keeping things secret from their partner," said Andrei Mochola, at

"It is important to get the balance right between a transparent, honest relationship and keeping your digital life secure. An open dialogue with your partner and setting boundaries is a good starting point, which can be supported by features in products," added Mochola.

There is room for love and to go hand in hand, by taking a few simple steps to safeguard your personal digital life, even if you open up your to them.

To keep your secrets safe, the File Shredder feature in Kaspersky Total Security permanently deletes files to ensure they can't be restored. The Protection feature can hide messages and calls on your device, and to keep your website visits from prying eyes, the Cleaner clears your browsing history and removes all trace of activity on the Windows system.

The Private Browsing feature blocks website tracking and any attempts at data collection, stopping related adverts popping up and helping you to keep Valentines gifts and plans well under wraps from a prying partner.

There is also no substitute for strong passwords across your accounts, especially if you feel you need to share them with a partner - as this increases the risk of them falling into the wrong hands. Kaspersky Password to not only generate strong passwords but keep them safe and your accounts secure.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 13:15 IST