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The Takeaway: Are You Practicing Safe Sexting?

All right, fess up: How many of you have sent a text message that would make your mama (or teenage daughter) blush? It seems sending X-rated texts–aka “sexting“–isn’t just an indulgence of the young: A recent online survey found one in 10 Americans age 55 or older use their cellphones to send explicit texts.

One in five Americans of all ages admitted to sexting, and about 11 percent said they used their phones to record and send risqué videos of themselves. My oh my.

The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of mobile phone security company Lookout. In a company blog post, Lookout offers a “warning label for the more mature set” about cellphones and privacy.

“We’ve got a lot of private info on these phones, and if you’re sending suggestive or scandalous text messages, please sext responsibly and take precautions to secure your sexting.”

Yup, sexting is all fun and games until a third party gets their hands on those private messages — and that’s not such a remote possibility, considering 69 percent of respondents said they had lost their cellphones before.  Here are a few of Lookout’s safe sexting tips:

There are also apps (including one made by Lookout) that can help you remotely lock or remove photos and contacts from your phone in case it goes missing.

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