Password Sharing: A Sign of Love

Several stories have made it into the news this month about the sharing of passwords among young couples. A sharing phenomenon among youngsters that used to be quaint (sharing school jackets, exchanging class rings as a token of one’s affection) has moved in to the digital era. Boyfriends and girlfriends share passwords to email, Facebook and other accounts, some even create identical passwords.

The trust in each other is to be commended. However, when a relationship sours, this can cause quite some damage. With access to each other’s correspondence, they can share intimate secrets with others, or begin a distrustful scouring of the other’s emails and texts to see if there’s been infidelity. They could even use the other’s accounts to send messages as them.

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