Be Careful Not To Share Your Passwords Too early In A Relationship

September 29, 2020

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There are many monumental steps when two people commit to a relationship.  One the newer steps, and potentially problematic, is the sharing of subscription service passwords. Nearly 80% of emerging couples do this and 58% are sharing within six months of dating, according to a new survey. Video streaming (78%), mobile devices (64%), and gaming services (52%). The reason is what you'd expect, with 70% citing trust and 63% for commitment. While we like to think this relationship is "the one," 70% of couples breakup within the first year of dating and while all this sharing of passwords is generous in the beginning, giving up that access is different. Three out of 10 people have copped to logging into exes’ social media accounts, and a quarter use location-sharing apps to figure out former boyfriends’ or girlfriends’ whereabouts. While it may seem innocuous in the moment and a way to establish trust in a relationship, sharing passwords can put your personal identity and private information at risk if you don’t take the proper precautions. Make sure you are keeping up with your log in credentials.  Monitor them regularly to make sure your contact information (phone number, email address) remains correct in the event you need to change your password at the end of a relationship.  When it comes to passwords, avoiding common mistakes such as reusing the same password combinations across multiple accounts or sharing them with others through unsecured methods like text messages or social media.

SOURCE: Fast Company

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