Love Is in the Air: How Secure Are Your Dating Apps?

There was once a time in dating app history when the question, “so, how did you two meet?” was met with a lie. “Oh! Well…we met in a coffee shop downtown,” they’d say—when they actually met on Tinder or one of its many counterparts. Dating apps have become so common today that the question no longer calls for an embarrassed response.

Because these apps are so ingrained in our modern dating culture, we can easily become too comfortable and share in ways that could be unsafe. Though we might hide our Instagram or Facebook accounts from our jilted exes, we might not consider that the strangers who can see our dating profiles could find their way into discovering our most personal information. 

Dating apps can lead to fun trysts or even lasting relationships; however, there is also the possibility of a breach of privacy. Someone could access your most sensitive information, such as your messages, your payment information, or your location. These apps aren’t inherently bad, but they also aren’t as security-focused as you’d hope. 

We can’t help you avoid a bad date, but we can give you tips to protect yourself while you swipe right on potential matches. In this article, we discuss the privacy of dating apps and how you can take a security-conscious approach.

Privacy Policies Tell All

Developers of popular dating apps implement security to keep their users safe—some more than others, of course. No matter how secure they are, though, they’ll always have a comforting disclaimer in their privacy policies. 

Let’s take a look at a section of Tinder’s privacy policy

“As with all technology companies, although we take steps to secure your information, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information will always remain secure.”

Now, Hinge:

“As with all technology companies, although we take steps to secure your information, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information will always remain secure.”

And here’s Bumble’s: 

When using Bumble, you should assume that anything you post or submit on the App may be publicly-viewable and accessible, both by Users of the App and non-Users of the App.”

We could go on, but you get the idea. Though these disclosures are to protect the app’s developers from a lawsuit, it’s clear that what goes onto your profile or into the app’s chat function is not to be assumed safe. 

How to Protect Your Information

  • Create a complex password.

    As with any app or website, a strong password goes a long way. Ensure that you create a complex password with numbers, symbols, and capital and lowercase letters, even if the app doesn’t require it.

    Additionally, never reuse a password that you’ve already used for another account. If a hacker gains access to your email, for example, they could use the same credentials to break into your dating apps, your bank, and other important accounts. 
  • Avoid public Wi-Fi.

    Even if the app is doing what it can to protect your information, all bets are off if you’re using a public connection. Using public Wi-Fi could allow a person to intercept your messages, login information, or other confidential information. The open nature of the connection creates vulnerabilities that are easy for hackers to exploit.

    If you find yourself wanting to use public Wi-Fi, connecting with a virtual private network (VPN) will provide you with a secure, encrypted connection.  
  • Review the app’s privacy settings.

    When it comes to safety, the more popular dating apps are relatively savvy. Review privacy settings on the app to determine what is and isn’t displayed on your profile. Always ensure that the information available to potential matches could never lead someone to your specific location or even to your personal social media profiles. The less access a criminal has to your personal details, the better.

Whether it’s just a conversation or finding your future spouse, we hope you find what you’re looking for—as long as you’re keeping your security in mind! 

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