Sixty (60) Per Cent of 18 - 24 Year Olds Receive Sexually Suggestive
Content, and 30 Per Cent Share Passwords
MARKHAM, ON, Feb. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, McAfee released findings from
its 2014 Love, Relationships & Technology survey. For the second year
in a row, the company examined how more than 1,500 consumers worldwide,
including 575 Canadians, are sharing and storing intimate data on their
mobile devices, especially with current or former significant others.
The study highlights how sharing personal content such as sexts, naked
photos, suggestive videos and passcodes on these devices can
potentially lead to cyber-stalking and the exposure of private content
Almost 97 per cent of Canadian smartphone owners use their mobile device
to take photos, and 47 per cent send or receive intimate content
including video, photos, emails and messages. Sixty-five (65) per cent
of smartphone owners are securing their smartphone and 62 per cent are
securing their tablet with a password or passcode, an increase of
nearly five and two per cent respectively from last year's result.
However, four in 10 Canadians are sharing their passwords with their
significant others, and more than one third (35 per cent) of Canadian
adults who password-protect their devices use the same passcode across
multiple devices, increasing the likelihood that they will become
"With all the stories we've heard about intimate photos being leaked,
it's hard to believe people are still sharing their passwords," says
Brenda Moretto, Canadian Consumer Sales Manager at McAfee Canada.
"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."
McAfee advises consumers not to share passwords or codes for mobile
devices with others to help keep their content secure. Mobile users
should avoid using weak passwords that can be easily determined such as
birthdays, numbers in a row or repeat numbers for their devices.
Rather, six-digit passcodes and words translated into numbers using
your mobile keypad are stronger and should be utilized.
Additional findings from the survey include the following:
For Your Eyes Only
Sixty (60) per cent of 18 - 24 year olds receive sexually suggestive
content from someone, the largest percentage of all age groups. More
men are likely to use their mobile device to send and receive similar
content (50 per cent men vs. 37 per cent women). Forty (40) per cent of
Canadian adults say they stored intimate content that they received, in
comparison to 30 per cent who store risqué photos, videos or messages
they have sent. Of those surveyed, 41 per cent and 31 per cent of
respondents who have sent intimate or racy content have sent it to
their boyfriend/girlfriend or spouse respectively, while 16 per cent
have sent similar content to a total stranger.
Privacy Gender Gap
According to the survey, more men than women protect their mobile
devices (68 per cent men vs. 62 per cent women). Given the desire to
protect their mobile devices and its content, seven out of 10 men are
interested in purchasing biometric security embedded capabilities (e.g.
face recognition, voice recognition, fingerprint recognition, etc).
The Case of the Ex
While 98 per cent of Canadian adults surveyed trust their significant
other with intimate content or private information, one quarter (25 per
cent) have asked their partner to delete the information when ending
the relationship. In addition to sharing passwords, 48 per cent share
mobile content and 44 per cent share email passwords. Still, 23 per
cent of respondents have taken their partner's mobile device to see
other content stored on it, including messages and photos. Of
respondents with a significant other, 42 per cent have logged into
their significant other's Facebook account, and of them, men are more
likely to track their significant others than are women. Only one in
four of those surveyed admitted to stalking their significant other's
ex on social media, with 18 - 24 year olds being the top age group.
Public Display of Online Affection
Nearly 93 per cent of respondents maintain accounts on a social media
platform (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Of those who answered
they would be celebrating Valentine's Day on social media, 78 per cent
of respondents plan to post messages to others while more than half (52
per cent) will post photos. Of those that responded, more men than
women plan to celebrate their love on social media on Valentine's Day
(21 per cent men vs. 14 per cent women).
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About the study
The Futures Company conducted a total of 575 online interviews in Canada
among adults ages 18-54. Interviews among respondents were split evenly
by age and gender. The interviews were conducted from December 3 -
December 16, 2013.
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