Dangers internet dating video

“It’s so easy for people to Google and find out about a person.” He points out a site called Family Watchdog on which anyone can search for offenders by name or area.

Unfortunately, consumers don't have a lot of options for evaluating the security of dating services, according to Jonathan Mayer, a computer scientist and lawyer affiliated with Stanford's Center for Internet and Society.

And the explosion of services in the market means that start-ups may not be putting users' privacy first.

Eager to be matched, those users may likely skip through the terms, conditions and miss out on the fact that e Harmony, like many other dating sites, does not conduct criminal background checks, although they reserve the right to.

“But you can do your own little investigation,” said Robles.

Whether it’s a responding to a newspaper ad, creating an online dating profile or swiping right on the latest dating app, non-traditional dating has it pros and cons.

Some people claim to live happily ever after, but others become victims of scams, blackmail or even more horrific crimes.

The company that now runs both Penthouse and Adult Friend Finder, renamed Friend Finder Networks, did not immediately respond to a Washington Post inquiry about the alleged privacy breach.

However, a note a posted to the company's Web site said it is investigating the incident -- and has involved the FBI and cybersecurity company Fire Eye.

The hack, first reported on by British outlet Channel 4 News last week, reportedly resulted in the information of nearly 4 million members of Adult Friend Finder leaking onto an online forum frequented by hackers.

In addition to sexual orientation, the data allegedly revealed included e-mail addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes, the unique Internet addresses associated with users' computers and whether members were looking for extramarital affairs.

Online dating has many dangers and perhaps one of the most dangerous aspects is people lying about their identities.“When you’re doing something like that, you have to be very careful because you don’t know who you’re talking to,” said Dan Robles, crime prevention officer at the college.

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