If you decide to sign up for a dating site, consider taking a few steps to make it harder for a dating site to easily identify you.
Get a throw-away email address, avoid using your name, and avoid paid sites that would elicit your credit card number and billing information.
Using data from social networking sites sold to advertisers, Stanford researcher Arvind Narayanan demonstrated that it’s hard to truly anonymize data before it’s packaged and sold.
Try searching for the image using Tin Eye and Google Image Search before uploading it.
And be aware that search technology and facial recognition technology is rapidly evolving.
If you use a photo on your dating site that can be associated with one of your other online accounts—for example, if it had previously been shared on your Facebook profile or Linked In profile – then your real identity could be easily discovered.
Face it (no pun intended): there are a number of ways your online dating profile can be connected to your real identity, especially if you have a robust online life. Before uploading a photo, consider whether you’ve used it in other contexts.
Here are six sobering facts about online dating services and a few suggestions for routing around the privacy pitfalls. Your dating profileincluding your photos—can hang around long after you’ve moved on.
Whether you signed up on a lark or maintained an active profile for several years, your online dating profile can be lurking around long after you’ve cancelled the account.
To maintain the highest levels of privacy, consider taking steps to obfuscate your IP address, such as using a VPN. Gaping security holes riddle popular mobile dating sites-still.
In January, an Australian hacker exploited a security flaw in Grindr, the mobile app that allows gay and questioning men to find sexual partners nearby through the use of GPS technology.
At least one study suggests that it’s possible that even photos you have never uploaded before could be used to figure out your identity.