If you're a cheater who wants to remain married, simply wiping the lipstick off your collar isn't going to cut it any more. These days, cheaters put a lot more effort into keeping their affairs under wraps, according to the infidelity experts over at AshleyMadison.com.
How do they know? The dating site -- used by people in relationships seeking affair partners -- recently polled 110,000 of its members and asked them to divulge the details on how they've managed to keep their affairs a secret.
See the cheaters' top three rules for a discreet affair below.
According to Ashley Madison, cheaters also do the following seven things to avoid getting caught:
Stay tight-lipped. Eleven percent of Ashley Madison users polled said they kept the personal details of their lives -- their home address, their spouse's place of employment -- under wraps before and following the affair, lest their affair partner blow their cover.
Go the distance. Nine percent of respondents said they've traveled miles from their home to meet with their lover so they wouldn't be spotted by anyone they knew.
Hide the evidence. Lipstick on your collar or stray boxers in the backseat won't fly if you want to stay married. Seven percent of those polled said they made an effort to hide any evidence of their indiscretions.
Foolproof your phone . Six percent of cheaters said they scooped up a second phone or an app like Blackbook so they could chat with their affair partners without being caught.
Maintain the status quo. Five percent of respondents said they avoided making any drastic changes to their appearance when they were cheating.
Use a condom. Only five percent of those polled said using protection to avoid bringing home an STD or getting pregnant was key to keeping their affairs on the down-low.
Don't leave a paper trail.Two percent of cheaters said they paid for hotels and fancy dinners for two with cash, to avoid getting caught by way of an incriminating credit card statement.