Relationships: Do You Spy on Your Spouse?

05/21/2010 01:08 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

First let me say this: generally speaking, spying isn't necessary in trusting relationships. I'm sure the partners of Sandra Bullock or Tiger Woods didn't think they needed to spy on their partners, until they did.

The sad fact is that humans have a tendency to lie. Lying is generally done to protect people from the consequences of their actions, or to protect others from the emotional hurt because of what they did.

Spying generally occurs when trust is broken or intuition kicks in and someone senses something is askew. It's easier to spy today than ever before. According to a study polling 1,000 men and women of various ages, incomes, and locations in the United States, there's a 38 percent chance you will spy if you're 25 or younger.

Among respondents, 38 percent of those 25 years old or younger admitted to snooping on their boyfriend's or girlfriend's messages, and 36 percent of those who are married admitted to checking their spouse's e-mail or call history.

Spying can be accomplished by simply picking up a phone and looking at the incoming and out going calls and text messages. Mobile phone spyware is readily available and can monitor almost every aspect of a phones use remotely.

Small wireless cameras installed in lighters, pens, clocks, smoke detectors and just about anything else are readily available. Commercially available spyware can easily be installed on a personal computer. Undetectable hardware called "key catchers" can be installed in the PS2 or USB ports, and a spy can monitor your every move.

Identity thieves are using the exact same technologies.

Investing in a protection system, such as the Intelius identity theft protection system, can help you protect yourself from spying. Not all forms of identity theft can be prevented, but identity theft protection services can dramatically reduce your risk.

You can watch Robert Siciliano discuss Facebook hackers here.