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Digital Privacy and Relationships – SecureMac

Posted August 1, 2019

From sneaking into a partner's texts to logging into their Facebook account while asleep, people will go surprisingly to see what their significant other is doing online.

We will not address the ethical implications of spying on a spouse or partner, and we will not attempt to provide advice on how to deal with trust issues in a relationship (questions better to ethics and couples counselors).

Instead, let's take a look at some of the most common ways people spy on their loved ones, and show you how to set up strong security and privacy practices, so you can take away the tempting opportunities to sniff before they become irresistible.

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    Browser History

    If you share a computer with your partner, your search and web history will be visible to them. In addition, web form entries can be remembered as part of the browser's autocomplete functionality, which further compromises your privacy.

    Recommendation : If you use the web to do something, you'd rather stay completely private, use your browser's privacy mode – something like Safari's private browser or Chrome & # 39; s incognito mode – to prevent your browser from records your search history, website data, and form entries. You may also consider using a dedicated privacy tool and running it regularly to remove cached data and sensitive files from your system.

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    If anyone knows your passwords or is able to guess, they can easily access email messages, social media accounts and even your phone's location history.

    Recommendation : Create a strong, unique password for each account you own, and never share your passwords with anyone else. Consider using a password manager such as iCloud Keychain or 1Password to avoid having to write down or remember multiple passwords for all of your accounts. And if you want to add an extra layer of security, use two-factor authentication whenever possible.

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    Phone Lock

    Unsecured mobile devices – or devices with password codes such as "123456" – endanger your privacy. Advanced iOS features such as Face ID provide more security, but even these may fail: For example, if you turn off the "Require Attention" setting for Face ID in an attempt to get iPhone X to open faster, your device may unlock while you sleeps!

    Recommendation : If you are using an iPhone X, double-check Settings> General> Availability to make sure your face ID is set to require attention so that no one can unlock the phone when you sleeping. If you're using an older model device, consider activating Touch ID or at least use a strong password that only you know.

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    Keyloggers, or keystroke loggers, are programs that secretly record each key you press on the keyboard. They are used by cyber criminals to steal passwords and sensitive data, but can also be used by suspicious partners to monitor online activity or interception on personal calls.

    Recommendation : Keyloggers are inherently designed to be stealthy – so it won't be immediately obvious if a driver is running on your system. Use a reliable, regularly updated third-party protection tool designed to detect known and newly discovered keylogging software.

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    Monitoring Software

    There are a number of apps built to track and monitor the user's activity and location, mostly aimed at mothers and fathers who want to monitor their children. We have already talked about (and warned against) the use of such software on the checklist, but it is also worth mentioning here as a privacy in the context of circumstances.

    Recommendation : As always, good security and privacy starts by ensuring that you – and only you – have access to your devices. Don't let anyone download software to your mobile device or computer unless you know exactly what it does and where it comes from. If you use a macOS system, you can install a third-party detection tool that can detect hidden surveillance programs and spyware.

There are many reasons why people are tempted to spy on the significant others. Unfortunately, many of us open to this by making it easy for others to invade our privacy. By putting in place strong security and privacy measures, we can make sure this type of snooping is never an alternative – so we can handle relationship issues more constructively, and stay safer online in general.

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