New research suggests that oversharing on online dating sites could result in more than you bargained for, opening the door to not just a date, but to scammers and cybercriminals.
22 per cent of online dating users admit that they give out personal data to matches within just minutes or hours of starting a dialogue, putting themselves at risk, said the survey by Kapersky Lab.
These days, it's quite common to look online for romantic prospects, but it turns out that many online dating site users even put highly personal and sensitive information on their public dating profiles.
Yet, despite all this, a worrying lack of online daters use simple methods to protect themselves, just 23 per cent don't allow dating apps to access their device data and only 26 per cent use a security or antivirus solution.
"Users need to exercise caution when it comes to giving away too much about themselves on their public profile or to potential dates. and beyond," said Andrei Mochola, head of Consumer Business at Kaspersky Lab. "Much like you wouldn't tell a passerby in the street your home address and phone number, users of online dating sites need to take responsibility for the security of their data and not assume that it is secure and untouchable within the site or app.
This advice goes far beyond online dating, and Internet users should protect themselves and their personal information online no matter where they are.