How sneaky! One in five men have a secret email account they use to hide correspondence from their partner
Two thirds of all men choose not to share
their passwords with their other half
23 % admitted to being
secretive about what was stored on their phone and PC
One in 20 buy a separate mobile phone for private activities
12:31 GMT, 20 November 2012
Think you know what your man is up to when he's typing away on his computer Think again.
According to a new survey, your partner could be a lot more secretive than meets the eye with one in five having a secret email account they use to hide correspondence from their partner.
Researchers revealed millions of men keep an account they opened years ago to correspond with an ex-partner or somebody their other half doesn’t like.
The latest survey has revealed that one in five men have a secret email account that they use to contact people their partner doesn't like or know about
Others said they deliberately set up the
account because they were having an affair, while keeping financial
issues from their partner also emerged as a common reason.
One in twenty men admitted buying a second mobile phone to ensure ultimate secrecy and 77 per cent of men said they regularly deleted text messages in case their wife or girlfriend went ‘snooping’ through their phone.
Mike Hodges, COO at BullGuard, who carried out the research, said: 'Of course there are legitimate security concerns that might involve someone setting up a second email address, or clearing browser history.
Many men admit to have secret passwords or deleting messages they don't want their partner to see
'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.
'Many people use a secondary email account when registering for casual activities such as hobbies and interests, with a primary email account used for more important tasks such as online banking and online shopping.
'Naturally we all have details that we want to keep private but we are all guilty of accidentally leaving our phones around haphazardly whether it’s at home, in the office or even on public transport.
'If your mobile phone were to be stolen, you never know who could end up with your personal and confidential information.'
More than one in twenty men have been dumped by what their partner found on their mobile phone
The poll also found 20 percent of men who keep emails hush-hush said there were certain aspects of their life their spouse just didn’t need to know about
On top of that one quarter of men said they would be left red faced if someone went through their ‘Google’ history.
It also emerged that more than one in twenty men has even been dumped because of something incriminating a partner had found on their phone or PC.
And a crafty one in four men use a plethora of different passwords to their email accounts and social networking sites to try and deceive the lady in their life.
Nearly a quarter said they had content in their inbox that they wouldn’t want their partner to see, with confirmation of purchases they have bought being the main reason.
Although a third said they had flirty emails stored that they need to keep under wraps.
One in ten men has confided over email to friends about their relationship problems which could also land them in hot water with their wife or girlfriend.
Of those polled, two thirds of all men choose not to share their passwords with their other half and 23 percent admitted to being secretive about what was stored on their phone and PC.
And a guilt ridden 18 percent of men also feel the need to delete certain pictures and video clips ‘just in case.’
Mike Hodges added: 'Going through someone’s phone is obviously a huge invasion of privacy, and is certainly something we can’t condone.'