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Study: Partners trusted with intimate details shared digitally

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A recent study claims they trust their partner implicitly with the intimate details and photos they may share digitally. A recent study claims they trust their partner implicitly with the intimate details and photos they may share digitally.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - When you are in love with someone, you trust that person and they trust you. In this digital age, sometimes we profess our love digitally when we are apart. However, you need to be very careful, even with those you trust, when you send digital messages.

Cyber Expert, Theresa Payton, says 94 percent of people in a recent study claim they trust their partner implicitly with the intimate details and photos they may share digitally.

That same study warns that if your text becomes a steamy message or sext message, you can count on that message staying private, just between the two of you only 40 percent of the time.

Payton has a warning for teens and adults that want to send steamy messages digitally:

1. While 50 percent of people admit to sending steamy or personal messages and photos, only 40 percent have password protection on their devices

2. Accidental oversharing - the person receiving the steamy message may send that message onto "one person" and then the message gets passed along

3. 10 percent of people have been threatened by an ex that those private photos would be released online

4. More than 50 percent of people share their password with their partner at some point in time

5. 50 percent of people check the social accounts of their "ex" more than they do their current partner

6. 28 percent of those that sent a steamy message to an ex, had their messages exposed

Why your messages get shared with others.

1. Many hackers that get into emails or phones, look through pictures and messages first. They will share it if they find it.

2. 45 percent of those surveyed said they would share that private and intimate photo or text that you sent if they caught you lying or cheating on them

3. For anyone thinking of calling off a wedding, you have a 14% possibility that those private moments shared digitally will be posted by your ex soul mate.

How to protect yourself:

1. Always password protect your phone

2. Be wary of sharing passwords

3. Trust is hard to come by in the digital world - even if you trust the love of your life, you can't trust hackers

4. Delete, delete, delete: if you have sent something intimate in the past, get out there now and clean out those messages with the delete button

5. Keep your love offline other than notes of sweet nothings and encouragement

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