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Last week’s poll invited the dreamers of you to answer this question: Where would you live if you could freelance online from anywhere If You Could Freelance Anywhere, Where Would You Live? [MakeUseOf Poll] If You Could Freelance Anywhere, Where Would You Live? [MakeUseOf Poll] Read More ? The poll answers were strictly divided into certain types of areas, but the comments led to some very interesting specific locations and reasons for your choices.

The results clearly tell us that if MakeUseOf readers had online freelance work and wi-fi wherever it’s needed, most of you would hit the beach or an island. That’s 35% of MUO responders heading straight for the sun and sand. Sounds lovely, but I’m not sure you’ll get much work done there! Almost with a perfect draw for second place came two very different locations: ‘Mountains’ on 20% and ‘Busy City’ on 19%. This tells us that MUO readers are pretty equally divided when it comes to the sociable and the introverted: Half of you want to live it up and the other half want to get away from it all. ‘Remote Village’ on 10% was slightly more popular than the 6% of votes for ‘Tropical/Forest’ area. However, after reading the comments, this seems like it’s because few people believe they’ll get good internet access in a forest. Love the priorities, MakeUseOf readers!

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.


As you can see, all those cafés in beach towns had better start improving their wi-fi access for the influx of freelancer workers coming their way!

Now, enough with the dreaming and on to something a tad more serious.

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This week’s poll question is: Do you share passwords with your spouse/partner?

Please note: I’d normally just say “partner”, but I didn’t want anyone getting confused with business partners. By saying spouse/partner I intend to cover all manner of serious romantic relationships where both parties love and trust each other completely.

Sharing passwords is a pretty serious security issue. I doubt that any security specialist would ever recommend sharing any passwords for any reason, yet so many couples do it anyway. The consequences of shared passwords (even without considering a potential break-up) are numerous and in some cases quite dire. But somehow, when you’ve come to trust someone so much, it seems far less important to keep these things secret.

So, let’s see what the general attitude is among MakeUseOf readers. I’d be very surprised if many of you are as open with passwords as the general public are.

Have you shared your most important passwords? Just a few? Which passwords are most important to you? Or, are you of the “I love you, but not THAT much” security-cautious variety? Do tell!

When considering your answers to this poll, if you are single or with someone you don’t entirely trust, please consider what your stance would be if you did have a partner you trusted completely. Would you share passwords then?

Feel free to elaborate on your answer a little in the comments – we realise a complicated question can never be answered completely by a simple poll choice.

  1. Trinae Ross
    July 27, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    My spouse and I know each other's passwords. We feel that it helps establish a foundation of trust between us. It is one thing to know the passwords, but another thing to use them without consent. While I can go in my spouse's accounts because I know the passwords, I wouldn't without letting her know I needed to, because I respect her privacy.

    • Angela Alcorn
      July 28, 2010 at 5:35 am

      Sounds like you two have a good system.

  2. Araxhiel Khy
    July 26, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Maybe ... but in the meantime ... I am exercising to run ... as "Usain Bolt" XD

    (Thank the gods ... that she did not know how to use Ubuntu ... and much less "read" when I write the passwords ...)

    Best Regards...

  3. FekketCantenel
    July 26, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I often need to log into his bank account to straighten out overdraws and fees, so I know his default username/password. However, he doesn't know mine purely because it hasn't come up.

    • Angela Alcorn
      July 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm

      It's an attitude of general trust though. :)

  4. Araxhiel Khy
    July 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    No, I don't share them... I had some (extreme) bad experiencies with sharing passwords with her and I don't want to have such experiencies again...

    (Mainly... because hers super-mega-ultra-hyper-jealous personality)

    Best Regards!

  5. Araxhiel Khy
    July 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    No, I don't share them... I had some (extreme) bad experiencies with sharing passwords with her and I don't want to have such experiencies again...

    (Mainly... because hers super-mega-ultra-hyper-jealous personality)

    Best Regards!

    • Angela Alcorn
      July 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm

      Ooh, sounds nasty. Maybe she also needs a little reassurance that you're not running off any time soon? ;)

      • Araxhiel Khy
        July 26, 2010 at 3:07 pm

        Maybe ... but in the meantime ... I am exercising to run ... as "Usain Bolt" XD(Thank the gods ... that she did not know how to use Ubuntu ... and much less "read" when I write the passwords ...)Best Regards...

  6. curts
    July 26, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Not that I'm not willing to share all my passwords with my spouse, but with every website wanting a user ID and password, it's just too many. So my answer is really, some: the important stuff like banking & retirement funds and the master pasword to the password safe in case she ever needs to know the rest. The more important question is whether you have documented all the important passwords for your estate in case something unexpected happened to you?

    • Angela Alcorn
      July 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm

      Documenting the accounts for the estate definitely helps if something happens to you both at once.

  7. JuliannTrott
    July 26, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I use the same password for all the stuff not important (like ebay, opodo,..) that my partner knows, but for important ones like emails and social network he don't need to know

    • Angela Alcorn
      July 26, 2010 at 9:35 am

      I think a lot of people share at least this much.

  8. Eric Darchis
    July 26, 2010 at 8:17 am

    I'm lucky enough to have a gf who knows how to be careful with passwords. She's using Firefox with master password and everything.

    • Angela Alcorn
      July 26, 2010 at 9:34 am

      She probably also knows how not to break anything while logged in then, too. Useful!. :)

  9. Angela Alcorn
    July 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Oh yes, too true! You can't go sharing passwords with someone who either:
    a) Might break something accidentally.
    b) Doesn't trust you.

    Also, never underestimate a suspicious girlfriend. Best clear the air quickly so she knows where she stands - seriously!

  10. Aibek
    July 26, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Actually, we addressed this in couple of of article in the past. Check out following links:

    - What Happens To Your Email and Social Networking Accounts When You Die?
    - Legacy Locker – Life Insurance for Your Online Identity

  11. Elvin
    July 26, 2010 at 9:12 am

    i'm staying with my gf. but i never share my passwords with anyone. :)
    she is more like Anti technology although she loves her iPhone & macbook.
    the problem is that she might be getting jealous about some chick that follows me on facebook or twitter (she doesn't have any FB or twitter) . i don't want to share those things with her... or to try to explain her. it's more complicated...

  12. Elvin
    July 26, 2010 at 7:12 am

    i'm staying with my gf. but i never share my passwords with anyone. :)
    she is more like Anti technology although she loves her iPhone & macbook.
    the problem is that she might be getting jealous about some chick that follows me on facebook or twitter (she doesn't have any FB or twitter) . i don't want to share those things with her... or to try to explain her. it's more complicated...

    • Angela Alcorn
      July 26, 2010 at 7:48 am

      Oh yes, too true! You can't go sharing passwords with someone who either:
      a) Might break something accidentally.
      b) Doesn't trust you.

      Also, never underestimate a suspicious girlfriend. Best clear the air quickly so she knows where she stands - seriously!

  13. Mark Michaelis
    July 26, 2010 at 8:16 am

    We share all passwords... and I even think it's a must in case your spouse/partner is not available (for whatever reason - hopefully not a permanent one).

    By the way: This poll just raises the next question: What will happen if someone like me (with multiple logins anywhere) dies one day? Where will all the spammy and not so spammy mails go, etc.? Will my net identity live forever on? - Not a nice question though, but this question lead to the decision to share passwords with my spouse.

  14. Mark Michaelis
    July 26, 2010 at 6:16 am

    We share all passwords... and I even think it's a must in case your spouse/partner is not available (for whatever reason - hopefully not a permanent one).

    By the way: This poll just raises the next question: What will happen if someone like me (with multiple logins anywhere) dies one day? Where will all the spammy and not so spammy mails go, etc.? Will my net identity live forever on? - Not a nice question though, but this question lead to the decision to share passwords with my spouse.

  15. slouch
    July 26, 2010 at 2:42 am

    We have nothing to hide from each other so why keep secrets.

    • sephiroth
      July 26, 2010 at 4:15 am

      The truth, slouch, tell the truth. :P

      • Angela Alcorn
        July 26, 2010 at 4:38 am

        Heh. :P

    • Angela Alcorn
      July 26, 2010 at 4:37 am

      My husband and I are the same. But, it can lead to trouble around birthday time. :)

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