The unsung heroes of geek lifestyle, let’s be honest, are online dating apps. Not that I’m saying you’re only one swipe away from a soulmate with whom to play Soulcalibur. It’s more that, at least now you know that even the social butterflies are out here trying to find a forever bae with whom to go jogging, or climbing mountains, or whatever it is that people who have terrible relationships with their couches do. Sadly, it seems that until recently, all your online escapades on dating app Tinder… were not safe.
That’s right, lovelorn lasses and lads, up until 19 June, none of the profile pictures loaded onto Tinder were encrypted with HTTPS. And who figured this out? Our friendly neighbourhood security firm, Checkmarx. Because, of course it was a private security firm. Apparently, the issue was twofold. First, Checkmarx worked out that anybody using the same network as a Tinder user (on both iOS and Android) could get access to the user’s app and through that, could control the photos being viewed on the app and even swap them out for other images. Second, and more concerning – you could easily monitor what someone was doing on the app, even when they swiped left or right.
That may not seem like a big deal, but given how much personal information any given app on any given person’s phone has – never mind the kind of personal information freely shared when you’re trying to seem like a good date – it starts to look a little scarier.
The good news is that Tinder, after being queried by US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) in February, finally responded to say that they had resolved the issue, meaning that users are free to continue sharing way too much information with strangers on the Internet.
So, if you were considering re-installing Tinder and swiping right on people who like to leave their couches – with full knowledge that you, yourself, will never leave your couch – now is the time!