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Kaspersky surveyed the risks of online dating, and they found that every sixth user has experienced having their personal data exposed (aka “doxed”) while dating online worldwide.

In Asia Pacific (APAC), 22% of the respondents admitted experience this act, with 14% of it doxed unknowingly. 

This is expected, with the spread of social networks and dating apps becoming more convenient for people. Over 60% of respondents from APAC admit the dating apps have made dating easier for them.

However, they are not blind to the risks. From the same study, 65% claim that they are also concerned with potentially being stalked by someone they met online, which is one of the consequences of doxing. 

Doxing primarily results in oversharing personal information in dating apps and social media, leading to big problems in the future. That is, users will leave a vast trace of identifying information online, which can be picked up and used to doxers’ advantage. This includes one’s home address, place of work, name, phone number, among others. 

Further in the research, Kaspersky reveals that nearly half (49%) of respondents admit that their partner shared screenshots of their conversation without their consent, threatened them with their information found online, leaked their intimate photos, or stalked them in real life. These activities are also a direct consequence of doxing. 

For this reason, Kaspersky recommends following these tips to prevent from being doxed: 

  • Handling private online data responsibly by following the tips from the Kaspersky “Definitive Checklist: how to protect your data online” 
  • Always check permission settings on the apps you use to minimize the likelihood of your data being shared or stored by third parties – and beyond – without your knowledge
  • Using two-factor authentication. Using an application that generates one-time codes is more secure than receiving the second factor via SMS. If you need additional security, invest in a hardware 2FA key
  • Using a reliable security solution like Kaspersky Password Manager to generate and secure unique passwords for every account and resist the temptation to reuse the same one over and over again
  • Finding out if any of the passwords you use to access your online accounts have been compromised by using a tool such as Kaspersky Security Cloud. Its Account Check feature allows users to inspect their accounts for potential data leaks.
  • Always considering how the content you share online might be interpreted and used by others

To learn more about how technologies can change dating and relationships, go to this link.

For further learning about the ways users can be doxed and discover how to minimize the risk of having personal information stolen, watch the free “Doxing: dangers and prevention” course, developed by Kaspersky privacy experts together with Endtab.org.

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