Forty-one percent of UK adults admit that they know the PIN password to their partner's phone, and 40 percent admitted that if presented with the opportunity and suspected their partner was being unfaithful they would peruse the phone for infidelity.
Half (49 percent) of the potential crooks are women, saying that they would poke around their partner's phone. Only one-third (30 percent) of men admitted they would snoop.
The findings come from Kaspersky Lab which conducted a study of 2000 UK adults, warning that smartphones can reveal secrets now more than ever, especially with office Christmas parties around the corner.
“Apps such as Tinder and Grinder are certainly making affairs more accessible, as casual sex is only one click away. With Christmas parties coming up, alcohol will be flowing, outfits become far more risqué, and some of us will be in the mood for a little bit of naughtiness, which can cause friction in a relationship,” says Joanne Barrett, relationship coach.
One in five Brits admit that they would send a secret sext to someone other than their partner if they thought they wouldn't get caught. Twenty-one percent of men that have sent a sext, email or flirty social media message could have been triggered to perform such an action by being under the influence of alcohol, as opposed to 13 percent of women.
According to the survey results, 60 percent of people say that they don't have additional password protection on their email account and more than half (56 percent) don't have it for Facebook. This can leave them vulnerable to awkward questioning once a third party or their partner enters their password.
“We've found that 24 percent of us share secrets with our phones. This might include important information like online banking and emails, but also potentially incriminating images from the Christmas party and the occasional secret sext. All of these could leave us vulnerable if they are not properly protected,” comments Kirill Slavin, general manager of the UK and Ireland at Kaspersky Lab.
“It's time we took the protection of our smartphones seriously. If these devices fall into the wrong hands, they can leave our entire lives exposed. And when it comes to the minefield of relationships, it only takes one dodgy Christmas party photo, and a suspicious partner with access to your PIN to unravel your secret sexting habits,” concludes Slavin.