While you probably already know that you need to be aware of scammers who take to dating sites and apps to lure unsuspecting victims into financial fraud, you may not be aware that online dating companies themselves don’t have the greatest reputation for protecting your privacy.
The cost of just living our lives seems to be increasing every year, and that includes going out on dates.
The average single American spent $1,596 on dating in 2016.
So we thought we’d recognize 13 dating sites that will help you keep your money right where it needs to be — in your wallet.
Match started out free when it first launched (1995), and it’s remained that way ever since.
Users who want to keep their Tinder hookups separate from what they do on Facebook are left with limited options for minimizing the connection — since logging in to Tinder with Facebook that means that your Tinder matches can easily find you on Facebook, the social network can broadcast that you’re using Tinder, and the dating app can set you up with Facebook friends.
As Katie Knibbs reports for The Daily Dot, there are a few precautions you can take and privacy settings you can change to preserve the confidentiality of your Tinder usage.
Tinder isn’t the only dating app that’s violated the privacy of users who trusted the company with their location data.
Grindr, which calls itself “the world’s largest gay social network app,” has come under fire for enabling users to be tracked closely, since Grindr tells you the location of other users in your area.
We’ve known for years about the privacy compromises you make when you sign up for an online dating site or app, as Rainey Reitman reported for the Electronic Frontier Foundation a few years ago.