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Snooping men and cellphone security: What everyone needs to know

I was chatting with a girlfriend the other day and we got on the subject of snooping. She likes to glance through her husband's phone every now and then to "keep him honest."

I asked if her husband glances through her phone and her response was that men don't snoop. My gut said she was wrong, so when I saw this I just had to send it to her, and I thought you'd enjoy it, too.

According to a survey of 13,000 people, 20% of men admit to snooping on their partner's phone, although I suspect the real number is actually a bit higher.

Although almost a quarter of male snoopers said they did so because they are nosy, 12 percent admitted they were trying to catch their partner lying to them.

In other words, ladies, you shouldn't just assume that you can leave your smartphone lying around unattended. Guys, I'm sure you already know that you can't.

Unshockingly, 25% of women admitted they snoop, and - again - I'm betting the real number is higher.

Almost a third of women said their excuse was curiosity, only 21 percent thought their partner was cheating and 14 percent wanted to see if their lover was lying to them.

OK, that's interesting, but we know that people are nosy. There's another part to this, though, that you really need to know.

According to the study, 40% of female snoopers and 33% of male snoopers didn't need to enter a passcode to get on their partner's phone. For phones that did have a passcode, many of the snoopers knew the code because their partner had shown it to them.

No matter how you slice it, this is a major security problem. Sure, maybe you don't have anything to hide from your spouse, but what about the thief who walks away with your phone at the coffee shop?

Setting up a password-protected lock screen is Mobile Security 101. Learn how to set one up and six other essential steps to secure your mobile gadget.

Going even further, as I've said in the past, I'm not a big fan of sharing passwords with significant others, whether or not you have anything to hide. You never know how your relationship is going to change in the future, or what kind of anniversary surprise you don't want ruined.

You don't want to find out too late that your S.O. slipped a spying app like MSpy on to your phone when you weren't looking.

For the many people out there who have broken up, or are planning to break up, and your ex has your passwords, you need to take immediate steps to protect yourself. You don't want to deal with harassing and stalking. Click here to protect your digital data from a vengeful ex.

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Source: Daily Mail
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