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Dating apps are safer now, but stalking remains

Dating apps are safer now, but stalking remains

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FreebieMNL - Dating apps are safer now, but stalking remains
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Maybe you should consider keeping your dating apps after all. According to a study by global cybersecurity and digital privacy company Kaspersky, dating apps have become safer in 2021 but stalking threats remain. 

As part of their research, Kaspersky analyzed nine dating apps with global user bases: Tinder, Bumble, OkCupid, Mamba, Pure, Feeld, Her, Happn, and Badoo. 

“Dating apps have become safer from a technical standpoint, particularly when it comes to the transfer of data,” they said. However, “these apps still pose a significant risk when it comes to exposing too much personal info about users—leaving the former vulnerable to threats like cyberstalking and doxing.”

On the flip side, there are precautions you can take to take your online security in dating apps to the next level:

  1. As much as possible, do not share too much personal information on your profile.
  2. Do not tie other social media accounts to your profile.
  3. Select your location manually, if possible.
  4. Use two-factor authentication, if possible.
  5. Delete or hide your profile if you are no longer using the app.
  6. Use the built-in messenger in dating apps. It’s better to move to other messengers only if you trust your match. If you finally decide to do so, set up the chat in a way that keeps your private info secured.
  7. Use a trusted security solution on your devices. It will help you detect any malicious or suspicious activity across your gadgets, as well as check the security of the link that you’re visiting.

A lot of people’s dating lives have been affected by the ongoing pandemic, and that’s why a lot of netizens have been turning to dating apps. Whether you’re in dating apps or not, it pays to take the necessary steps to have a more secure online presence. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

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