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February 22, 2011
If only online dating were spil ordinary spil pressing a button…
Toughly 40 million Americans use online dating sites like Match.com, Zoosk.com, and eHarmony.com to find love, and that number is on the rise. And while many do meet “the one”—17% of people who married te the past year met their mate on the internet-they’re also facing serious privacy issues along the way.
Dating sites can lose your informatie or get hacked.
One explore found that one te ten members of online dating sites is a scammer. Latest gegevens breaches on PlentyofFish.com and eHarmony.com waterput hundreds of members’ private informatie at risk. Many dating sites’ terms of service permit them to share their users’ information with advertisers and playmate sites. For a detailed example, check out our look at privacy risks on Match.com and OkCupid.com.
We’re suggesting the following five tips on how to keep your bankgebouw account and your private information safe while getting a date.
1. Read the site’s privacy policies before you sign up. Earnestly.
Wij know they make your head hurt, but privacy policies are worth reading on dating sites.
Know your privacy thresholds, what makes you awkward and what you’re willing to overeenkomst with ter order to be on a dating webpagina, and don’t compromise. Pay special attention to the part about third parties. Find out whether the webpagina shares your information with advertisers, fucking partner companies, research firms, etc. Will they use behavioral tracking technology to go after your activity on their webpagina and target you with ads? If they’re permitted to email you, how often and about what?
Two. Understand how the webpagina will charge you.
Merienda you’ve determined on a dating webpagina, make sure that you’re clear on how you’ll be paying. There are slew of free sites available, such spil OkCupid, but many members feel that pay sites opoffering a higher level of practice, customer service, and member quality.
Some dating sites offerande different levels of membership. Lower levels are cheaper, but your webpagina activity is limited: you may be able to view other members’ profiles but not voeling them, for example. Or you may only be able to send a set number of messages vanaf month. Make sure that you get all the features that you want with whatever type of membership you select.
Certain sites use deceptive billing methods. Beware of “free trials” that charge your credit card when they expire. If the webpagina has a ondergrens enrollment period, chances are it will automatically renew your payment when it expires. If the webpagina doesn’t meet your expectations, be sure that you tejadillo your account before you’re charged again. Monthly credit card charges can sneak up on you if you aren’t careful.
Does your dating webpagina suggest a free trial or a satisfaction assure?
Worse yet, some sites don’t permit members to bastidor when they’re unsatisfied with their practices. Look for a webpagina that offers a satisfaction ensure.
Trio. Don’t give out more information than you have to.
The private informatie you provide to dating sites falls into Two main categories: registration/account creation, and profile/webpagina activity. Dating sites treat thesis two categories of information separately.
Some sites, like Chemistry.com, get members by having them register to take a free personality test.
The informatie you voluntarily provide te your private profile and all of your public webpagina activity, however, is far less secure. Many sites disclaim any control overheen it. It’s most likely archived, and other members can copy and save it themselves. If you postbode it on the public part of the webpagina, it’s no longer yours. Taking quizzes, posting comments, putting up pictures: it’s all fair spel, so think twice before you waterput it up.
This advice also applies to messages inbetween individual members. Unluckily, spammers run rampant on dating sites. If a ideal Ten replies to your message to profess his or hier love for you while asking for your social security number and credit card informatie (or talking about Nigerian banking), it’s very likely too good to be true.
One way to see expose a spammer is to request a few photos. While a spammer may have one, it’s infrequent that they have several to back up their faux persona.
Four. Well-timed messages from your ideal match are most likely too good to be true.
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Many members of online dating sites have reported a similar practice when they’re te the process of cancelling their accounts: right spil they’re about to leave, they get an enticing message from a person who shows up to be their ideal match. Intrigued, they renew their membership, only to find that they never receive a 2nd message. ConsumerSearch.com writes about this practice,
This looks suspiciously like the webstek is deliberately attempting to lure registered members into a subscription. There are similar reports of receiving a rash of emails or “flirts” shortly after cancelling a subscription, which might be construed spil a ruse to lure you back.
Te 2010, the federal government ordered the Australian dating webpagina Crimson Hot Pie to send an apology email to its members for having overheen a thousand fake profiles that sent out strategic messages like thesis to lure members into staying (and paying). Consumers also brought a fraud suit against Match.com ter 2005 for similar “date bait.”
Five. Don’t leave behind basic internet security rules.
The same privacy protection rules that apply to all of your online activity apply to internet dating sites:
- Use a strong password. Make sure it’s at least 8 characters and that you switch it often. Don’t tell it to anyone. Combine letters, numbers, and symbols, and don’t make it effortless for others to guess (such spil using your name, bday, or “123abc” or other common passwords).
- Close your browser and loom out when you’re done, particularly when you’re on a public pc or using unsecured wifi, such spil te a coffee shop.
- Block tracking technology, ad networks, and other forms of behavioral advertising. Almost every webstek, including dating sites, tracks its visitors’ activity te order to build a profile of their interests and target them with ads. For example, eHarmony used Four tracking sites and 1 ad network when wij visited it with our PrivacySuite browser add-on.
- Delete unwanted cookies when you’re done browsing, either through your browser’s privacy settings or with privacy software like DoNotTrackMe.
The advice we’ve given you thus concerns your online identity, but wij suggest a final reminder about your vivo life privacy: be careful when meeting up with anyone you’ve met online. Appearances can be deceiving, especially online. Maybe people are not who they voorkoop to be. Arrange to meet someone ter a public, crowded place, and tell a friend or family member where you’re going to be. Set up a safety call: if you don’t call them by the expected time, they’ll assume that something’s wrong.
Good luck, stay safe, and blessed dating from Abine.