Love Lockdown: The Great Tech vs Love Conundrum

Love Lockdown: The Great Tech vs Love Conundrum

Singapore, February 08, 2017 - Love is in the air, and in our technology as well. Intel Security recently conducted a survey among 1000 people in Singapore, around today’s “connected relationships,” to better understand how online behaviour affects real world relationships.  

The results showed that as much as we care for our significant others, we care more about our devices and technology. Also, the study showed that the more we use our connected devices each day,  the more our relationships were impacted.

There is no denying that technology has become completely intertwined with our daily lives, and that many functions we perform rely on technology. However, these have invaded the parameters of our relationships with other people. Here are just some of the ways in which our relationships have been affected, for better or for worse:

Head Over Heels for Tech
·  We use our connected devices more and more every day. According to survey respondents, on average, adults spend 43% of their time at home online, and 38% interacting with others. With the trend of device usage seeing no end in sight, it’s more important than ever to protect and secure what matters most.
·  Approximately 1 in 3 of those surveyed say that they have had to compete with their date’s device for attention on a first date.
·  The poor device usage behaviour doesn’t stop after the first date. In fact, almost 1 in 2 respondents of respondents felt their significant other paid more attention to their own device when they were together one-on-one. You could say that our devices have become the “other (wo)man” in the relationship.

All’s Fair in Love and Tech
·  Despite being displeased with their partner’s device usage, 36% of respondents say they do not set rules about device usage when in bed. Only about 31% claim that they sometimes set device rules while out.
·  Approximately 14% of survey respondents report getting into an argument with a significant other over being on a device during an intimate/romantic moment.

Me, Myself and My Passwords
·  As the saying goes, sharing is caring, and according to survey results, couples today care very much! Nearly a third (28%) of couples share passwords to social media accounts, 24% share passwords to personal email accounts, and 18% of survey respondents said they share their work specific devices and accounts with their significant other.

Love is in the air around Valentine’s Day, whether it’s with our significant others, friends, family or even our devices. When it comes to protecting devices, here are a few tips to help consumers stay safe in their “love affair” all year long:

·  At Last…I can protect what matters. Your home network is where everything happens. It’s time to take control. New solutions, such as McAfee Secure Home Platform help you easily manage and protect devices connected to the home network while providing controls with permissions that can be tailored to the entire household. 
·  L-O-V-E is great, just don’t use it as your password. Long passwords are always better than short ones. Include numbers, lowercase and uppercase letters, as well as symbols. Even better, use a password management tool to help you store and create complex passwords, and enable multi-factor authentication on your devices and online accounts. Anytime you can use multiple login steps with your accounts, take advantage of it.
·  Be careful with my heart…and what you store on your devices. Take the time to remove unnecessary personal information from your devices that could compromise your security. The less information cybercriminals have access to, the better.
·  Can’t take my eyes off of you. We love our devices but it’s important to disconnect every now and then to spend time with the important people in our lives like friends and family. Your social networks and mobile games will be right there waiting for you when you get back.

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