Brits still remember their ex’s passwords and can access their Netflix, study shows

ALMOST half of Brits know others’ online passwords, with a shocking 20% ​​saying they remember their ex-partners’ passwords for sites like Netflix and Facebook.

Even more sinister is the admission by almost one in 10 people that they have an ex’s details on tracking apps like Find My Friends, which may allow them to track them via GPS.

Over a third of Brits still have access to an ex's Netflix or Facebook account


Over a third of Brits still have access to an ex’s Netflix or Facebook accountCredit: Alamy

A whopping 20 percent of Brits admit to still knowing an ex’s sensitive online information.

Of those who do, 35 percent still have access to their former partner’s Facebook, while 34 percent have access to their Netflix.

33 percent even have access to their former flame’s work email.

It also showed that 28 percent of partners in a relationship admit that their partner knows their personal bank account login.

Within this group there was a significant gender difference, with one in four men knowing their partner’s bank details compared to less than one in five women.

The potential for data breaches is significant, with 17 percent of adults only changing their passwords once a year, while almost 1 in 10 never do so.

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Another quarter of respondents have experienced a password being changed without their knowledge or consent.

The most common culprits, ahead of scammers and pranksters, have been exposed as current partners.

In response to the study, Jay Baloo, online security expert at Avast, a digital security company, said, “These are really worrying statistics.”

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“Although we know that people share passwords and devices when they are in a relationship, there is a very dark side to this behavior — especially when women are forced to share their passwords.”

Avast has partnered with domestic violence charity Refuge to raise a Digital break-up kit designed to “empower young women to take control of their digital freedom, either at the beginning or end of a relationship.”




2. Video streaming like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu

3. Business email

4. Tweet

5. Music streaming services like Spotify and iTunes

6. PayPal

7. Google

8. Personal Email

9. Online Banking

10. Tiktok

11. Credit card



14. App Store Account

15. Travel/Transportation Apps (e.g. Uber, Bolt)

16. Tinder or other dating apps Brits still remember their ex’s passwords and can access their Netflix, study shows

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