Whether it’s Instagram or Snapchat, these days you’d be hard pushed to find many people without some form of social media account.

But if you have a social media account, a new survey may make you consider changing your password.

The survey, by Google, has revealed that almost a fifth of Brits have secretly logged into their ex’s social media accounts.

To celebrate Safer Internet Day, Google surveyed 1,000 Brits about their online habits, and found that 17% of people have sneakily logged into an ex’s account.

The research also revealed that over a third of Brits have shared their passwords with their partner, while 59% admitted to using the same password across multiple websites, further compromising their security.

Delver deeper into the results, Google found that 36% of people would feel happy to share their password with their partner after just a year of dating.

Elijah Lawal, online safety communications manager at Google UK said: “It is important to keep passwords private and secure as sharing passwords can lead to the compromising of people’s most sensitive information.

“If couples want to share passwords, we recommend using 2 step verification, which adds additional protections to their accounts and information.”

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Passwords aren’t the only things that many couples share though – a recent study found that the majority of couples admit to sharing a towel with their partner.

The study, by Drench, revealed that 56% of couples have shared a used towel with their partner.

While this might seem harmless, previous research has found that 90% of bathroom towels are contaminated with faecal bacteria, while 14% carry  E.Coli .

Towels can also harbour various other infectious bacteria, including ringworm and staph infections, according to Drench.

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