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November 20, 2012

Petraeus isn't Alone: One in Five Males Use Hidden E-Mail Account, Survey Says

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor

A survey hot off the press and conducted by BullGuard is letting the world, and more specifically wives and girlfriends know, that nearly one in five men have a secret e-mail account they use to stay in constant communication with people their partner isn’t aware of.

Wait a minute, what? Yes, you read that correctly, and according to findings, most of these oh-so-secret accounts are used to either engage in affairs or keep financial issues under the rug.

Approximately one in 20 men who played an active role in this poll revealed that they have also purchased a second mobile phone to speak to their lovers in confidence, while 77 percent of the XY chromosome pool admitted to frequently deleting incriminating text messages before their significant others can see what they have been up to.

 Mike Hodges, COO at BullGuard, said in a statement, “'Of course there are legitimate security concerns that might involve someone setting up a second e-mail address, or clearing browser history.”

Ha right, I’m sure that is exactly the reason these philanders are taking the time to establish a secret e-mail address – security.

Additionally, a large amount of respondents stated they also utilize secret passwords to protect them from prying eyes. “We would hope that in most cases this is being done for moral reasons – for example to help avoid phishing scams and not because people are being unfaithful or up to no good,” Hodges added.

Something pretty interesting to me in regard to this enlightening research is that out of those 20 percent of sneaky men, this group truly believes there are “certain aspects of their life their spouse just didn’t need to know about.”

Men, a word of advice: When you make the decision to be in a relationship, it’s something you agreed upon and not something you were forced into (in most cases anyway). So if you’re with someone, be honest all of the time, or you’re wasting it.

Without trust, a relationship is nothing and once you lose it, and it’s virtually impossible to get back.

Don’t believe me? Just look at the case making headlines around the world as we speak, you know the one involving General David Petraeus, who has completely tarnished his long career after e-mails surfaced that proved he was cheating on his wife of 38 years with biographer Paula Broadwell.

“While cheating has been a longstanding issue for many men in powerful roles, you would think they would learn from one another. Why send thousands of e-mails which confirm your infidelity?” a recent blog post questioned. Except the real idea here is for men to simply not do anything mischievous in the first place. That way, they won’t be dumb enough to eventually get caught.

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Edited by Braden Becker
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