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The sharing of online passwords and pin codes between friends has become a trend that aims to prove trust—a token gesture that can go dramatically wrong.
According to The Cybersmile Foundation, which tackles incidents of digital well-being and online abuse, approximately 800 people each year use its help and support services for issues related to sharing passwords or PIN codes. In response, it has begun a campaign called “Sharezees” to discourage the practice, which could lead to private information being exposed and incidents of blackmail, sextortion, financial fraud and other harmful outcomes.