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Most online dating apps can be dangerous, but not for the reason you may think

Most online dating apps can be dangerous, but not for the reason you may think
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Dating these days looks a lot different than it did just a 10 or 15 years ago, because people are increasingly turning to websites and apps to find love. While that might be a good way to find your significant other, it can also put your personal information at risk because many dating apps aren't as secure as they should be.

IBM Security researchers took a look at dating apps available to Android users in the Google Play app store. They found that 26 of the 41 apps they studied had security vulnerabilities that could negatively affect users. A Pew Research study showed that about 31 million people have used dating sites and apps. That's a lot of potential victims.

The IBM study reveals that many of these dating applications have access to additional features on mobile devices such as the camera, microphone, storage, GPS location and mobile wallet billing information, which in combination with the vulnerabilities may make them exploitable to hackers.

Many of the apps were vulnerable to attacks by hackers, which is scary because the apps have access to so many parts of your phone. Hackers could use your dating app to install malware, track your location, steal payment information, spy on you using your camera or microphone or take over your dating app profile.

Next page: Learn how to protect yourself.
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