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Is it love, or your sensitive data, in the air this Valentine’s Day?

‎02-14-2014 01:00 PM - edited ‎07-07-2015 12:59 PM

With more than half of first dates set up through online services in 2014, today’s dating scene has become a high-tech playground. Could these apps designed to facilitate true love through common interests, hobbies and preferences, also be sharing more private information, unbeknownst to users?

 

Using HP Fortify on Demand, HP scanned popular dating mobile apps including eHarmony, OkCupid, Zoosk, Grindr, and eVow.

 

This is what HP found:

 

  • 100% of the dating apps had at least two privacy alerts

  • More than 70% of the apps wanted access to user’s geo-location; user’s location can be leaked should the app send it unencrypted to a third party not authorized by the phone’s owner

  • Over 90% of apps surveyed sent sensitive information out from the phone unencrypted, including purchasing information

 

The bottom line is that, even with all the best intentions of finding that special someone, dating apps could put users at risk to simple attacks.

 

Find out more about Fortify on Demand or start a free trial.

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