Intel Security Survey Shows Connected Devices Impacting Canadians’ Relationships & Some Tips for Staying Safe Online

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Intel Security explains the above infographic as follows:

“Canadians are using their connected devices more and more every day. According to a recent global survey of 13,000 adults in relationships, commissioned by Intel Security, Canadians spend almost as much time online at home (32%) as they do interacting with others face-to-face (37%).

This device usage is affecting Canadians’ relationships:

  • 21% of Canadians say they’ve had to compete with their companion’s device for attention on a first date.
  • 36% of Canadians feel their partner gives more attention to their device when they’re together.
  • 34% of Canadians report arguments over being on a device when together with friends, family or a significant other.
    Despite the fact people are competing with devices for their significant other’s attention, many still share password information. Thirty per cent of Canadian couples share passwords to their social media accounts with one another; 35% share personal e-mail passwords; and 31% share passwords or PINs for banking and financial services websites.

Given the increasing importance connected devices have in Canadians’ lives and relationships, Intel Security has developed some tips for staying safe online:

  • Protect what matters. Your home is where everything happens. It’s where you relax with your significant other and enjoy time with loved ones—with and without your beloved devices at your side. That said, it’s important that it stays secure. New solutions, such as McAfee Secure Home Platform help you easily manage and protect devices connected to your home network, while providing controls that can be tailored to the entire household. Keep an eye out this year for gateways that have McAfee Secure Home Platform built in.
  • Show your passwords some love. Ensure your passwords are secure and strong. Include numbers, lowercase and uppercase letters, as well as symbols. If you’re someone who knows the struggle with generating and remembering multiple unique passwords, use a password management solution like True Key by Intel Security, to help you store and create complex passwords.
  • Be careful with how personal you get. Take the time to remove unnecessary personal information from your devices that could compromise your security. The less personal data you have on a device, the safer your information will be.
  • Focus on what really matters. 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. Don’t worry: your social networks and mobile games will be right there waiting for you when you get back.

More information on the survey’s findings is available in a blog post from Intel Security’s Chief Consumer Security Evangelist and Vice President, Global Consumer Marketing, Gary Davis.”

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