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PSA: Does This Smell Fishy To You?  

redrockrascal 61M
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12/23/2019 6:38 pm
PSA: Does This Smell Fishy To You?



From a site called TechCrunch

Dating app Plenty of Fish has pushed a fix for its app after a security researcher found it was leaking information that users had set to “private” on their profiles.

The app was always silently returning users’ first names and postal ZIP codes, according to The App Analyst, a mobile expert who writes about his analyses of popular apps on his eponymous blog.

The leaking data was not immediately visible to app users, and the data was scrambled to make it difficult to read. But using freely available tools designed to analyze network traffic, the researcher found it was possible to reveal the information about users as their profiles appeared on his phone.

In one case, the App Analyst found enough information to identify where a particular user lived, he told TechCrunch.

Plenty of Fish has more than 0 million registered users, according to its parent company IAC. In recent years, law enforcement has warned about the threats some people on dating apps, like Plenty of Fish. Reports suggest sex attacks involving dating apps have risen in the past five years. And those in the LGBTQ+ community on these apps also safety threats from both individuals and governments, prompting apps like Tinder to proactively warn their LGBTQ+ users when they visit regions and states with restrictive and oppressive laws against same-sex partners.

A fix is said to have rolled earlier this month for the information leakage bug. A spokesperson for Plenty of Fish did not immediately comment.


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redrockrascal 61M
21522 posts
12/24/2019 12:51 pm

    Quoting Tmptrzz:
    I am so glad that I don't use any applications, as they are always finding issues with them. I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas Red..
I don't do apps either, but the sites are not handling private info very well.

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Tmptrzz 57F  
80324 posts
12/24/2019 10:42 am

I am so glad that I don't use any applications, as they are always finding issues with them. I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas Red..

Just your average every day run of the mill nana here!!!


redrockrascal 61M
21522 posts
12/24/2019 8:03 am

    Quoting Heathen_G:
    Plenty of Fish dating site has always been a mess.

    The National Crime Agency , in UK, said early analysis indicated, "a new type of sexual offender", had been created through the online dating phenomenon. "These offenders are less likely to have criminal convictions, but instead exploit the ease of access and arm-chair approach to dating websites," it said. "This is aided by potential victims not thinking of them as strangers, but someone they have got to know."
aided by potential victims not thinking Criminals are often aided by potential victims not thinking.

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redrockrascal 61M
21522 posts
12/24/2019 8:01 am

    Quoting easy_going2014:
    thanks for the PSA

    yes, it does sound fishy

    having done some research on some "Big data" companies a few years ago, I can tell you "nothing is safe"

    people need to be real careful about what they share

    good luck!
I give as little as possible, but every bit of data is vulnerable

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.


redrockrascal 61M
21522 posts
12/24/2019 7:59 am

    Quoting mc_justmc:
    I knew something happened there. Every time I log on they text me a code to enter to verify who I am.
They started asking for my phone number when I logged it. They ain't gonna get it.

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redrockrascal 61M
21522 posts
12/24/2019 7:58 am

    Quoting bitchkitty2017:
    I quit that lame ass site after i got 46 scammers the first week on there ..i had friends who i chatted with on there but was constantly getting messages from overseas even when i stated on my profile local guys only ..not worth the agro..
I used their delete button a lot

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

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redrockrascal 61M
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12/24/2019 7:57 am

yep

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.


redrockrascal 61M
21522 posts
12/24/2019 7:57 am

    Quoting lonlyforlove2:
    I will have to read some more on this one, thanks for the heads up.. never heard of any of these people so may take me 2 sec to get informed, as anything we find on the internet has to be true, or they couldn't post it.. Merry Christmas Red
Dating sites seem to be prime targets for people who want personal info on other people. Enjoy the holidays L4L

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Heathen_G 61M
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12/24/2019 2:18 am

Plenty of Fish dating site has always been a mess.

The National Crime Agency , in UK, said early analysis indicated, "a new type of sexual offender", had been created through the online dating phenomenon. "These offenders are less likely to have criminal convictions, but instead exploit the ease of access and arm-chair approach to dating websites," it said. "This is aided by potential victims not thinking of them as strangers, but someone they have got to know."


IVFalternative 49M
630 posts
12/23/2019 10:22 pm

If you put it on the internet it isn't private. It's that simple. Even spy agencies get hacked, how much easier for a dating site to get hacked.

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easy_going2014 53M
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12/23/2019 8:46 pm

thanks for the PSA

yes, it does sound fishy

having done some research on some "Big data" companies a few years ago, I can tell you "nothing is safe"

people need to be real careful about what they share

good luck!

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mc_justmc 60M
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12/23/2019 7:33 pm

I knew something happened there. Every time I log on they text me a code to enter to verify who I am.


bitchkitty2017 67F  
5274 posts
12/23/2019 6:52 pm

I quit that lame ass site after i got 46 scammers the first week on there ..i had friends who i chatted with on there but was constantly getting messages from overseas even when i stated on my profile local guys only ..not worth the agro..


Normanman69 50M
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12/23/2019 6:47 pm

hmmm very interesting


lonlyforlove2 77M
8857 posts
12/23/2019 6:43 pm

I will have to read some more on this one, thanks for the heads up.. never heard of any of these people so may take me 2 sec to get informed, as anything we find on the internet has to be true, or they couldn't post it.. Merry Christmas Red

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redrockrascal 61M
21522 posts
12/23/2019 6:38 pm

Seize the Carp

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.


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