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Privacy dangers may lurk in Valentine's Day gestures

Privacy v. Intimacy  challenges
Bangalore, February 13 2018: Most people say their relationships are more important than  any small sacrifice of privacy.   When love blossoms, individual digital lives and lines  can get  blurred and online boundaries compromised.   But when relationships sour,  unhappy partnerships can fuel privacy fears. Overstepping boundaries can often lead to arguments. 
These are findings of  global research  by   Internet Security company Kaspersky Lab,  which suggest that the role of privacy and transparency in a relationship is  changing -- fast. 
The study  found that eight in ten people believe that couples should have private space, both on and offline, and 70%  value their relationships more than their privacy. Half  of partners share their device PINs and passwords with each other -- a finding  that is similar to the study  by McAfee.
 Sharing leaves our digital footprints exposed. Every third  Internet user surveyed admits to peeking 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.   A third have argued after a partner viewed something which the other didn’t want to share.
Says Andrei Mochola, Head of Consumer Business at Kaspersky Lab. “With so many partners using each other’s devices or snooping on their loved ones, privacy boundaries can go out of the window. This can thwart any Valentine’s Day or birthday surprises and prevent people from keeping things secret from their partner. It is important to get the balance right between a transparent, honest relationship and keeping your digital life secure."
Net security products  provide tools like File Shredder feature in Kaspersky Total Security which permanently deletes files to ensure they can’t be restored. Other Privacy Protection features can hide messages and calls on your Android device, and to keep your website visits from prying eyes. The Private Browsing feature blocks website tracking and any attempts at data collection.




    


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