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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Applications for online Dating being declared unsafe


Some apps designed for Dating on the Internet can be dangerous for those who use them. To such conclusion experts from the Autonomous nonprofit organization “Russian quality system”. Specialists Roskoshestvo noticed that with some of these applications the user’s personal data or information about its location could fall into the wrong hands.


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The experts compared with 23 popular applications for operational системыAndroid and 19 for iOS. The experts assessed the 119 criteria, but not all of them were directly related to safety. However, special attention was paid to security of data, as well as the ability of users to control the “visibility” of your profile to hide certain information about themselves and so on.

After studying various applications, the experts noticed that some of them are vulnerable to hacking — in particular, if text information or image, and sometimes transmitted in an unencrypted form and the personal information can fall into the hands of hackers. Only a few apps allowed you to set a password, and some asked for unreasonable permissions. Experts emphasize that a number of applications provide others accurate information about the location of the user, even if he had not given consent, which is considered unsafe.

Psychologist Irina Korchagina also said that some of the dangers of online Dating do not depend on what app they use. In particular, there are cases when the attackers gained the confidence to users and to persuade them to send money — for example, asking them for a ticket to the venue and promised to return. How would “transparent” may seem like extortion, it works more often than it might seem at first glance. It is also necessary to take into account that provided in the profile on the Dating site information is not always true. In any case, the psychologist recommends that you schedule an appointment with any interlocutor or interlocutor in a public place and preferably in daylight.

In all likelihood, the publication of data obtained by Roskoshestvo, was timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day — the unofficial holiday celebrated on February 14.

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