Is Facebook the Third Wheel in Your Relationship? New Survey from Privacy
Company Abine Says Yes
From first date to break-up, many people are over-sharing. Abine privacy pros
offer five tips to keep your private life out of the public eye.
BOSTON, Feb. 13, 2013
BOSTON, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --A Valentine's Day survey conducted by
Abine, Inc., the makers of DoNotTrackMe, found that, like a third wheel on
your date night out, the Internet now has a front row seat to people's
"We all know love can make us a little crazy, so it's not surprising that
people change their behavior and might go outside their typical comfort
zones," said Sarah Downey, privacy analyst for Abine. The survey supports this
risky behavior, showing:
oMore than one-third of people give their account usernames and passwords
to the person they're dating
o40 percent of people have looked at their significant other's emails or
other private messages
o30 percent have reviewed their partner's browsing history
o18 percent of people have either posted sexy pictures of themselves or
details of romantic encounters online
o12 percent say they've posted "intimate details" about their relationship
The survey also highlights that breaking up has become more complicated and
often involves tying up loose ends online:
oAfter a break-up, most people (63 percent) de-friend or block their exes
on social media sites
oHalf of those surveyed will de-tag themselves in photos with their exes
Survey respondents indicated that Facebook is by far the most popular online
platform for sharing intimate details about one's relationship: more than 50
percent of respondents post about their love lives on Facebook, while 37
percent share details on other social media sites, blogs and online dating
sites. Of people who post about their love lives online, the most common thing
to post is relationship status (80 percent). Roughly 62 percent post with whom
they're in a relationship, and 60 percent post pictures with that person.
About one-third of people share their sexual orientation.
"A lot of people don't consider the consequences of posting the details of
their love lives online until it's too late," said Downey. "Only one in 10
people report being less concerned about the privacy of their love lives today
than one year ago. The good news is that there are some basic things people
can do to keep those private details private."
Abine has five easy ways for people to lose the "third wheel" and begin
keeping their relationship private this Valentine's Day:
1. Keep your passwords and usernames to yourself. Relationships are all
about sharing, but draw the line with your login information. You never know
how your partner, an ex, or even a partner's ex will use that data to harm
2. Find and remove your personal information from data brokers' websites.
Data brokers have access to a wealth of information, such as photos and home
addresses. This data can end up in the hands of anyone willing to pay a small
fee, including stalkers or angry exes. Visit the Abine website for DIY tips or
subscribe to a privacy service like DeleteMe.
3. Restrict privacy settings. Manage who sees your status updates and
photos on social media sites. We suggest limiting sharing to friends or making
custom lists of friends with greater access. You may want to block exes or
other people you knew through a past relationship after it ends.
4. Regularly check your account privacy settings. Revisit your settings on
all social media accounts to make sure the website hasn't changed the default
and exposed your private information in the process.
5. Don't be an over-sharer. Ask yourself if you'd be comfortable seeing the
intimate details you're posting about your love life as front page news. If
not, rethink posting it.
Abine provides consumers with online privacy solutions that are innovative,
easy to use, and work for everyday web users. With proven tools, Abine enables
people to both benefit from the Web and retain control over their personal
information. Abine is backed by premier venture capital firms Atlas Venture
and General Catalyst Partners.Abine: Online Privacy Starts Here™. Abine.com.
Gerald Kimber White
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