39% of Mexicans in relationships accessed their partner's mobile device without their permission

39% of Mexicans in relationships accessed their partner’s mobile device without their permission

a survey by Stop, a digital security and privacy company found that more than two-thirds (61% men and 72% women) of 1,000 Mexicans who asked people in relationships if they had ever accessed their partner’s mobile device accessed the phone from their spouse. and 6 out of 10 (58%) did so without permission (49% male, 65% female). Despite this, more than two-thirds (77%) of Mexicans who check their partner’s phone admit they have no right to access their partner’s device without permission.

The reasons people put forward for spying on their spouse’s devices ranged from suspicion of infidelity to simple curiosity:

“Any form of espionage (known as snooping) is unacceptable, any unsolicited access is a breach of privacy,” said Javier Rincón, Regional Director of Avast LatAm. More than a third of Mexicans who accessed their partner’s device did so out of curiosity. Another 8% wanted to check their partner’s physical whereabouts at a particular time and place, and 7% did so to install an app without their partner’s knowledge. These numbers may seem low, but they can pose a significant problem, psychologically and even physically, for those affected by surveillance.”

Two in five couples had a fight over something they discovered on their partner’s phone

Thirty-three percent of Mexicans who spied found evidence that their partners were hiding something. Two of the five respondents admitted to having a fight over something discovered on their partner’s phone.

Photo and video galleries (50%) were the most visited, followed by social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram (46%) and text messaging apps (40%).

One-third of Mexican spying didn’t have to enter an access code.

Not everyone controlling their partner’s device had to do it sneakily; 36% knew their spouse’s access code because it had been given in the past, and a third did not need it because their spouse’s phone was not password protected. 19% memorized their partner’s password, 6% tricked their partner into unlocking their phone to gain access, and 4% used their partner’s fingerprint to unlock their phone while they were asleep.

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Tips for protecting digital privacy

Javier Rincón gives the following tips to protect mobile devices from unwanted spying:

  • Password protection: Passwords, patterns, and biometrics are like a lock and key for smartphones, protecting them from anyone with their hands on the device, including romantic partners.
  • App lock: Add an extra layer of protection to apps by requiring a pin, password or biometric to access certain apps. For example, Avast Mobile Security includes an app lock feature that allows users to protect apps with sensitive data.
  • Use security tools: Security apps like Avast Mobile Security will detect apps as tracking software and help users uninstall them if they are installed without permission.

The survey was conducted among 1,000 Mexicans from January 27, 2022 to February 21, 2022. The online panel was provided by Dynata.

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