Digital security and privacy company Avast recently published the results of a survey among 1,000 Mexicans asking those in a relationship if they had access to their partner’s phone.
The results reveal that more than two-thirds (61% men, 72% women) hack into their partner’s phone, and 6 out of 10 (58%) do so without permission (49% men, 65% women). ).
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.
“Any form of espionage (known as snooping) is unacceptable, any unsolicited access is a breach of privacy,” said Javier Rincón, regional manager for 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 the affected people who are being watched.”
The reasons people put forward for spying on their spouse’s devices ranged from suspicion of infidelity to simple curiosity:
“The right to privacy or privacy is valid in the physical environment as in the digital environment and must be respected. We have the right not to interfere with our personal space from outside.
It is very normal to examine messages in couples, but if there is no consent, we are talking about violence, this is normal and not true, for example, privacy is used to explore sexual identity, political or religious affiliations.
“We have the right to develop this personal space without interference from outsiders,” said Grecia Macías, lawyer for R3D: Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales.
Two out of five couples had a fight over something their partner discovered on his phone.
33% of Mexican spying 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%).
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.
Javier Rincón offers the following tips to protect mobile devices from unwanted spying: Passwords, patterns and biometrics are like a lock and key for smartphones; Protects phones from anyone with their hands on the device, including romantic partners.
It adds 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.
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 a thousand Mexicans from January 27, 2022 to February 21, 2022. The online panel was provided by Dynata.
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