Sexting, the pop culture term used to describe sending or receiving nude or sexually-suggestive images or explicit text messages, may be most often associated with teens and young adults. But according to a new report from McAfee, such lewd behavior isn’t limited to the nation’s youth.
The security firm found that nearly 50 percent of all adults have used their mobile device to send or receive intimate content. Half of those surveyed said they’ve stored intimate material received on their mobile device, a move that could leave the sender’s reputation at stake – especially in the event of a break-up.
McAfee said 37 percent of people have asked their ex to delete intimate photos and/or messages.
Trust is apparently a big issue in this space as well. One in five respondents said they log into their partner’s Facebook account on a monthly basis while 28 percent said they’ve taken their spouses or significant others’ mobile phone to see what photos and messages they have stored.
Elsewhere, 15 percent of people said they have tracked their significant other on his/her social media account while a full 30 percent have stalked their significant others’ ex using the same tactics.
It should come as little surprise then that nearly three out of four people have changed their passwords following a break-up.
McAfee also offers up some basic tips to help keep your private life private. First, think twice before you share anything that could damage your reputation. It’s also a good idea to use password protection on all of your devices and finally, a bit of common sense – don’t keep personal or intimate information on your mobile phone.
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