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Toxic relationships! 39% of Mexicans have unauthorized access to their spouse’s cell phone

geekzillos, here we are not badabun We don’t expose cheaters, but we bring you real data on toxic relationships. When they read the title, According to Avast, 39% of Mexicans in relationships have accessed their spouse’s cell phone without their consent.. Most accessed apps? Photo and video gallery, then social media apps. Do you belong to this Mexican percentage that controls your partner’s cell phone?

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StopThe world leader in digital security and privacy today announced the results of a survey* among 1,000 Mexicans asking people in a relationship if they have ever accessed their partner’s mobile device. Results showed that more than two-thirds (61% male, 72% female) accessed their partner’s phone, and 6 out of 10 (58%) did so without permission (65% female vs 49% male). However, more than two-thirds (77%) of Mexicans who check their partner’s phone admit they have no right to access their partner’s device without permission.


“Any form of espionage (known as surveillance) is unacceptable, any unsolicited access is a breach of privacy. More than a third of Mexicans who accessed their partner’s device did so out of curiosity. Another 8% wanted to check their partner’s physical whereabouts at a particular time and place, and 7% did so to install an app without their partner’s knowledge. These numbers may seem low, but they can pose a significant problem, psychologically and even physically, for those affected by surveillance.”

Javier Rincón, Regional Director of Avast LatAm.

Curiosity killed the cat

You know what they say, geekzillos, curiosity kills the cat or relationships… People’s reasons for spying on their partner’s devices ranged from suspicion of infidelity to simple curiosity:

“The right to privacy or privacy is valid in the physical environment as well as in the digital environment and must be respected. We have the right not to interfere with our personal space from outside. It is very normal to examine messages in couples, but if there is no consent, we are talking about violence, this is normal and not true, for example, privacy is used to explore sexual identity, political or religious affiliations. We have a right to that personal space to thrive without interference from outsiders”.

Grecia Macías, attorney for R3D: Digital Rights Advocacy Network.

Two out of five couples had a fight over something they discovered on their partner’s cell phone.

Thirty-three percent of Mexicans who spied found evidence that their partners were hiding something. Two of the five respondents admitted to having a fight over something discovered on their partner’s cell phone.

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Photo and video galleries (50%) were the most visited, followed by social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram (46%) and text messaging apps (40%).

One-third of Mexican spying didn’t have to enter an access code.

Not everyone controlling their partner’s device had to do it sneakily; 36% knew their spouse’s access code because it had been given in the past, and a third did not need it because their spouse’s phone was not password protected. 19% memorized their partner’s password, 6% tricked their partner into unlocking their phone to gain access, and 4% used their partner’s fingerprint to unlock their phone while they were asleep.

Protect your digital privacy

Javier Rincón gives the following tips to protect mobile devices from unwanted spying:

  • Password protection: Passwords, patterns, and biometrics are like a lock and key for smartphones, protecting them from anyone with their hands on the device, including romantic partners.
  • App lock: Add an extra layer of protection to apps by requiring a pin, password or biometric to access certain apps. For example, Avast Mobile Security includes an app lock feature that allows users to protect apps with sensitive data.
  • Use security tools: Security apps like Avast Mobile Security detect apps like tracking software and help users uninstall them. In case they were installed without permission.

This survey was conducted among 1,000 Mexicans from January 27, 2022 to February 21, 2022. The online panel was provided by Dynata.

You don’t have to protect your privacy from your partner, it’s best to talk if there is an insecurity issue. Let’s not exceed the limits of trust that our partner gives us.

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