Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.
While data breaches have hit a number of different industries that include retail, medical, and educational sectors as well as government institutions, the sensitive nature of the data exposed in this breach presents a different type of risk for its subscribers.
[More: Articles on data breach incidents, prevention, and best practices] Adult Friend Finder is, after all, different from your normal social media, online dating, or profile sharing platform, and saying that it's nothing like Ok Cupid—a service that promises "online dating and friendship"—is an understatement.
"How about posting a warning on your website so your members can look out for phishing emails, or malware which might be sent to them? "What about some advice about the type of threats that users could be exposed to -- including, potentially, blackmail -- if their membership of the site is uncovered?
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A simple profile photo followed by age, job and education information are all users have to go off of when they rate the potential connection on a scale of one to five.Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.The leaked information, which was listed in a number of spreadsheets, doesn't just include personally identifiable information; it also lists some of the users' more personal details, such as sexual preference, which users are open to having extramarital affairs, and which specific adult-oriented forums the user has been most active in.Unfortunately for affected users, this incident isn't something that can be fixed with the cancellation of a credit card or a changed password.