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63% of Argentines spied on their partner's cell phone: how to tell if they checked yours


The practice of snooping is very close to bullying. What are the most used methods?

A survey revealed that

63% of Argentines

checked their partner's cell phone and, of these, 56% did so without permission.

The study, carried out by the information security company Avast, verified the information with a thousand Argentines who are in a

loving relationship.

Despite this, 78% of Argentines who practiced


(this is the name of this bad practice of checking the phone) agree that

they do not have the right to access

the device without their permission.

"No form of espionage is acceptable, any unwanted access is a

violation of privacy

," said Javier Rincon, Regional Director in LatAm for Avast.

"In addition, there is a

very fine line

between snooping and stalking. Of Argentines who accessed their partner's device, 29% admitted to being nosy. Another

6% did so to install an app without their partner knowing

, and 6% wanted to check where their partner had physically been at a certain time and place ”, he continued.

"These figures may seem low, but this behavior can pose a significant psychological and even physical problem for those affected who were spied on," he added.

a bad practice

"Looking behind your partner's phone is a red flag about the possibility of

violence against women

." It's important for couples to communicate openly and set boundaries in relationships. Seemingly innocent eavesdropping can seem like a big intrusion in privacy, and it should be prohibited," says Mabel Bianco, from the

Foundation for the Study and Research of Women


27% of Argentines who checked their partner's phone

found evidence

that their partner was

hiding something


Two out of five interviewees admitted to having argued about something they discovered on their partner's device.


photo and video gallery

were the applications that were most accessed (44%), followed by

social network applications such

as Facebook or Instagram (40%) and messaging and chat apps (40%).

The reasons why they admitted to spying.

Avast Source

Without password

Not everyone who checked their partner's device had to do it stealthily;

42% knew their partner's passcode

because it had been shared with them in the past, while a third did not need it because their partner's phone

was not

protected by a passcode.


memorized their partner's password

(17%), while 4%

tricked their partner into unlocking their phone

so they could access it, and


% used

their partner's fingerprint in their sleep to unlock their phone

, or something similar.

“Giving the password to the couple or not protecting their equipment is something that women should avoid, whether with their permanent or accidental partners.

In addition to preventing their privacy, allow reasons for discussion and aggression by the couple to arise and it is the beginning of violence that

finds its justification

, even though we know violence is never justified,' added Bianco.

how to realize

Instagram and WhatsApp, the two applications that are most reviewed.

AP Photo

Despite the fact that there are indications to know if a person checks the cell phone of another, it is impossible to have everything under control from the technical point of view.

But reviewing 

open WhatsApp Web sessions

, for example, is a good practice. 

Consulted by


, Rincon explained: "From the computer point of view, there is no 100% preventive method, one can have a private password on their phone to avoid prying or add a protective film to prevent the screen from being seen by others angles”.

Despite this, there are a number of programs that exist and

are installed to directly record what the other user is doing.

“These applications are called Spyware or Stalkerware.

These applications are usually hidden in plain sight so that the person does not realize that they have this type of application on their device.

Unfortunately, in most cases, these apps are used in toxic or abusive relationships without the partner's consent and display their location at all times or even the content of the partner's phone,” he explains.

For this reason, it is essential to use an antivirus.

“The correct path is communication and providing the means for a relationship of trust.

The right to privacy belongs to both parties, not because the other has something to hide, but because we all have the right to have things on our own, and

decide with whom we want to reveal them

, ”closes the expert.


look too

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Source: clarin

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