Online dating services offer a convenient and personalized way to meet that special someone.But along with matchmaking possibilities, these websites can provide an avenue for thieves to steal your identity and wreak havoc with more than your love life.Next time we’ll be talking in more detail about how to spot the scammers profile. If your Valentine's Day seems a bit empty this year and you've decided to go online to find your next love interest, watch your step.An analysis of online dating site reviews shows there's much to be wary of -- and not just the risk of meeting a loser.The crew at Site Jabber.com, which collects reviews of websites, went through about 10,000 reviews of online dating sites and found some disturbing patterns.Some 1.5 million passwords belonging to e Harmony members were recently stolen and posted to the Web, according to news reports.The company says it is still investigating the incident and has taken steps to protect its members since the passwords were compromised.
For example, most of the sites did not use HTTPS, the standard Web encryption that scrambles personal information sent over the Internet into code to ensure that visitors’ Web sessions are secure.
(I personally think that they are almost singlehandedly keeping the Tracfone company in business.) There are no sites that are 100% safe from the scammer.
Free and paid alike are the hunting grounds for these deceivers. Some are sad and lonely people, but they lack confidence to speak to an individual they find attractive.
Among other advantages, HTTPS hides your private data from other users of shared networks, such as those available at Wi Fi hotspots in airports, hotels, libraries, coffee shops and other public places.
While even HTTPS encryption isn’t impenetrable, as illustrated by the recent Beast attack, it is the strongest protection that a site can offer its visitors.I’ve known many happy couples that have dated, even found their life partner on such sites. For example, more than 20% of women post pictures from when they were younger and 40% of men lie about their jobs.