Is online dating trustworthy

On Valentine's Day, some singles may be inspired to step up their dating game. Amy Giberson, now 34, was reluctant to try internet dating again but she decided to give it one more shot in 2014. There are a slew of sites and apps to help singles find love and, for the most part, they work, according to Consumer Reports.

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Almost all online dating app servers use the HTTPS protocol, which means that, by checking certificate authenticity, one can shield against MITM attacks, in which the victim’s traffic passes through a rogue server on its way to the bona fide one.

The researchers installed a fake certificate to find out if the apps would check its authenticity; if they didn’t, they were in effect facilitating spying on other people’s traffic.

Tinder, Bumble, Ok Cupid, Badoo, Happn, and Paktor all store messaging history and photos of users together with their tokens.

Thus, the holder of superuser access privileges can easily access confidential information.

As our researchers found out, one of the most insecure apps in this respect is Mamba.

The analytics module used in the Android version does not encrypt data about the device (model, serial number, etc.), and the i OS version connects to the server over HTTP and transfers all data unencrypted (and thus unprotected), messages included.

For example, Tinder, Happn, and Bumble let anyone see a user’s specified place of work or study.

Using this information, it’s possible to find their social media accounts and discover their real names.

That’s actually the app’s main feature, as unbelievable as we find it.

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