Following today’s annoucement that that sexual assaults linked to dating apps have doubled in the past 3 years. Please see a comment from cybersecurity experts.
The main driver for many on dating apps is to build new connections and possibly find a partner. However, worryingly, there is a subset of people who see this optimism in others as an opportunity for exploitation. These latest stats will no doubt be very alarming for genuine date-seekers. We urge daters to exercise caution when sharing private data, on their profiles and during private conversations. Being a victim of doxing or catfishing can be very traumatic. Many free dating apps do not carry out obligatory identity checks, meaning anyone with a phone number and email address can join the service. Although dating app developers have a duty to safeguard their users through appropriate account verifications, we urge daters themselves to exercise caution and follow some simple guidelines to protect themselves in their search for love.
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