Should you share your bank PIN and face­book pass­word with your part­ner?

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy -

Blake reck­ons. . .

Just changed the face­book sta­tus to ‘ in a re­la­tion­ship’ handed your new part­ner the keys to the house, wow things are mov­ing so fast. Congratulations you are in a new re­la­tion­ship, but be wary! The next step is com­ing up soon and do your­self a favour, don’t do it.

Giv­ing your part­ner the pin num­ber to your ATM card is like giv­ing a kid the keys to the candy store and ask­ing them not to eat any­thing, the temp­ta­tion will al­ways be there. You never know – she could be an in­ter­net pi­rate or a Nige­rian scam wait­ing to clean you out for all you are worth. I know that trust is the back­bone of ev­ery re­la­tion­ship, and that is why I haven’t trusted any of my past part­ners with my pass­words. Why would they need it? To check up on me?

Some­times you need to have a bit of per­sonal pri­vacy and trust me once your part­ner has your pin num­ber, it will open the flood­gates to all of your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion. In­clude the face­book pass­word and that is trou­ble wait­ing to hap­pen. ‘‘ Why did you mes­sage that per­son? Or add that per­son?’’ Things can be seen dif­fer­ently.

You could ar­gue that if you have noth­ing to hide and you trust this per­son but it works both ways, they need to trust that you are not do­ing the wrong thing and not be tempted to check up on you by read­ing emails and face­book mes­sages.

If your info falls into the wrong hands you could also be the vic­tim of the pow­er­ful and em­bar­rass­ing face­book bomb. It’s hap­pened to ev­ery­one, and we all know how dam­ag­ing to your on­line rep­u­ta­tion it can be. You post some­thing like ‘ Blake has her­pes’ and two min­utes is all it takes for the dam­age to be done.

I hope I have given you some­thing to think about, guard your pin and pass­words with your life, trust no-one! And for the record I don’t have her­pes!!

CK says. . .

Pass­words are the house key for your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion. They keep your money safe, keep peo­ple off your wire­less in­ter­net and in Blake’s case, stop mis­chievous co-hosts from bomb­ing twit­ter to spread faux ru­mours of her­pes.

There is a mile­stone in ev­ery re­la­tion­ship – the swap­ping of pass­words. Whether it be pin num­bers for the ATM, en­try into your gmail ac­count or the fin­ger scan into the bat cave, the day will come.

Cel­e­brate this day. Cel­e­brate it like your an­niver­sary.

Shar­ing pass­words helps es­tab­lish a foun­da­tion of trust be­tween peo­ple. If you’re ready to drop the ’ I love you’, make sure your ready to drop your four-digit pin. We’ve built this dig­i­tal world around us and shar­ing pass­words is now classed as in­ti­mate act of love. Ditch the di­a­mond rings, and swap face­book pass­words in­stead – it could pos­si­bly be the most ro­man­tic thing you can do in the 21st cen­tury, and will cost a whole heap less. Shar­ing is car­ing, ex­cept in the case of Blake’s twit­ter post sub­ject. . . that’s just not cool.

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