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Happy (Hacked) Valentine’s Day

Created in 2012, Tinder is a location-based dating service that allows you to match and chat with those in close proximity to your phone's GPS. (Franziska Kraufmann/AP Images)
Created in 2012, Tinder is a location-based dating service that allows you to match and chat with those in close proximity to your phone’s GPS. (Franziska Kraufmann/AP Images)

 

(CBS) – This Valentine’s Day, there’s a new worry for would-be Romeos and Juliets: the security of their online dating apps.

The answer, according to a new study from IBM Security, is that the technology is about as vulnerable as the human heart. The technology company found that 63 percent of the leading dating mobile apps were at risk of being hacked. IBM declined to name names, but said the apps include some of the most popular ones out there.

Several factors account for the risk around dating apps, IBM Security vice president Caleb Barlow told CBS MoneyWatch. People who use mobile dating apps often offer up a trove of personal information, while many mobile apps treat security as an afterthought. On top of that, mobile devices include functions such as microphones, cameras and GPS that can be used or tracked by fraudsters, putting consumers at risk.

“Part of the challenge in dating apps is the mere fact that getting to know someone requires answering a lot of questions,” Barlow noted. “You are more likely to share sensitive data. It’s not like it’s 2 p.m. and you’re in a cubicle. You are in a bar at 2 a.m. and you are looking to meet someone.”

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