What could go wrong with sharing passwords with a partner?

According to ExpressVPN’s latest survey, people between the ages of early teens and forty-two have a common practice of sharing passwords with their partners. According to the data, almost 81 percent of Americans share their credentials with the person they are in a relationship with.

The data being shared by these committed partners could range from their location to banking details, social media platforms, or video streaming applications. Based on the survey, it was observed that sharing such information may vary from place to place.

Those U.S. citizens who did not participate in this practice have their reasons, such as using the same credentials for different platforms. Wanting to keep things personal in case things don’t work out between them. Fear of losing privacy and not wanting their partner to keep a check on them.

Most couples who took part in the survey said that they were ready to share credentials before marriage, while 35 percent of them were ready to share them after getting married. Sharing passwords for video streaming sites such as Netflix was the most common among couples, followed by bank credentials and passwords for social media applications.

When asked how sharing such information helps them with the relationship, responses were that forty-four percent of them believed it will help them to save money, making the relationship more transparent with thirty-five percent of the vote, and to prove loyalty and trust with thirty-one percent and thirty-three percent, respectively.

Another common piece of personal information shared between a couple is the other’s location. Sharing locations doesn’t require sharing passwords. It is shared only to ensure that the other person is safe or to test their truthfulness or trustworthiness.

It was also revealed that almost 46 percent of the men feared that if they didn’t share their credentials, their partners would think they were hiding something.

Twelve percent of the survey participants regretted sharing passwords with their ex, as they would still use video streaming services (44 percent), check up on social media sites (39 percent), and bank information (17 percent). While almost 30 percent believed their ex would still use their passwords to see what they were doing, this is why it is advised to change credentials as early as possible while enabling multifactor authentication to make accounts more secure.

The survey included two thousand people belonging to different countries, including France, Germany, the U.K., and the USA.

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