Do you think online dating is safe
Our experts studied the most popular mobile online dating apps (Tinder, Bumble, Ok Cupid, Badoo, Mamba, Zoosk, Happn, We Chat, Paktor), and identified the main threats for users.
We informed the developers in advance about all the vulnerabilities detected, and by the time this text was released some had already been fixed, and others were slated for correction in the near future.
Tinder, Paktor, Bumble for Android, and Badoo for i OS also upload photos via HTTP, which allows an attacker to find out which profiles their potential victim is browsing.
When using the Android versions of Paktor, Badoo, and Zoosk, other details — for example, GPS data and device info — can end up in the wrong hands.
That’s actually the app’s main feature, as unbelievable as we find it.
Most apps transfer data to the server over an SSL-encrypted channel, but there are exceptions.
If someone wants to know your whereabouts, six of the nine apps will lend a hand.
Our researchers discovered that four of the nine apps they investigated allow potential criminals to figure out who’s hiding behind a nickname based on data provided by users themselves.
Tinder, Bumble, Ok Cupid, Badoo, Happn, and Paktor all store messaging history and photos of users together with their tokens.