None had protections to prevent or delay unauthorized decompiling; none had obfuscated their source code, which means hackers could access sensitive data; and one wasn’t even using secure communication, which would make it easy for hackers to intercept data being exchanged between the app and the server.
Convinced that the security and privacy of your online dating service is worth a second look?
Users who want to keep their Tinder hookups separate from what they do on Facebook are left with limited options for minimizing the connection — since logging in to Tinder with Facebook that means that your Tinder matches can easily find you on Facebook, the social network can broadcast that you’re using Tinder, and the dating app can set you up with Facebook friends.
As Katie Knibbs reports for The Daily Dot, there are a few precautions you can take and privacy settings you can change to preserve the confidentiality of your Tinder usage.
Some users have held out on making a Tinder account until the company decides to enable users to sign up without sharing their Facebook logins — though you may end up waiting a while for that kind of privacy-minded option.
While you probably already know that you need to be aware of scammers who take to dating sites and apps to lure unsuspecting victims into financial fraud, you may not be aware that online dating companies themselves don’t have the greatest reputation for protecting your privacy.
In fact, many popular dating sites and apps have a history of security vulnerabilities and privacy violations — something you might want to be aware of if you’re trying to figure out how to make online dating work for you.
We’ve known for years about the privacy compromises you make when you sign up for an online dating site or app, as Rainey Reitman reported for the Electronic Frontier Foundation a few years ago.
For instance, your dating profile and photos can hang around on the company’s servers for years, even after you cancel your subscription.
Depending on your privacy settings, your profile can be indexed by search engines, and services like Google Image Search can connect the photos on your profile with your real identity, as Carnegie Mellon researchers demonstrated.
Dating sites collect data on you — such as your age, interests, ethnicity, religion, and more — and lend or sell it to marketers.