This means individuals who use these sites can be vulnerable to eavesdroppers when they use shared networks, as is typical in a coffee shop or library.
Using free software such as Wireshark, an eavesdropper can see what data is being transmitted in plaintext.
As you can see, most of the dating sites we examined fail to properly secure their site using HTTPS by default.
Some sites protect login credentials using HTTPS, but that’s generally where the protection ends.
We found that the majority of the sites we examined did not take even basic security precautions, leaving users vulnerable to having their personal information exposed or their entire account taken over when using shared networks, such as at coffee shops or libraries.
Even if a page is encrypted over HTTPS, if it displays mixed content, it may be possible for a eavesdropper to see the images on the page or other content which is being served insecurely.
This is particularly egregious due to the sensitive nature of information posted on an online dating site–from sexual orientation to political affiliation to what items are searched for and what profiles are viewed.
In our chart, we gave a heart to the companies that employ HTTPS by default and an X to the companies that don’t.
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