One in three Argentines met their partner online: which dating apps did they use?
The data comes from a private report that reflects the new ways of relating and warns about the risks of harassment and data theft
02/09/2022 – 10:08 p.m.
A 30% Argentines met his partner through a dating appswhile 62% stated that they found a “casual relationship” therewhile 7 out of 10 expressed “fear of being scammed or coming across fake profiles” on these platforms, a study on computer security revealed on Wednesday
The survey also revealed that a quarter of Argentines (26%) would “feel ashamed to admit” that they met their partner in this way, despite the popularity of this type of application.
52% of the Argentines surveyed said that these apps have made it easier for them to meet people for various purposes: long-term relationships (32%), a casual encounter (32%), and a sexual partner (37%), according to with the results of the report “Love in the age of the algorithm”, published by the computer security company Kaspersky.
The study revealed that as people’s activity on dating apps increases, can also grow risks associated with these platforms and warned what those threats might be.
“Unauthorized persons can access the user’s personal data, such as his real name, information about his place of residence, work or study. These data can then be used for harassment or doxing (publication of private information),” described the report.
In addition, he detailed that “the most popular fraud schemes consist of requesting the transfer of money under various pretexts, sending intimate photos and then blackmailing the user, as well as sending links to phishing sites (a type of virtual scam). containing forms for entering bank card data”.
As the use of these applications increased during the pandemic and thus the risks, the report highlighted that progress was made in making them “more secure, especially in the technical aspect.”
“If in 2017 four of the apps studied allowed messages sent to be intercepted, in 2021 the nine apps studied use secure data transfer protocols,” he stressed.
Tinder, one of the most used dating applications in Argentina.
What “get up” apps do Argentines use?
The apps analyzed in the study were:
- Tinder, one of the most popular dating apps in the world. More than 100 million installations on Google Play.
- OkCupidwith more than 10 million installations on Google Play.
- Badoowith more than 100 million installations on Google Play.
- bumble, an application in which the initiative is given to women. It has over 10 million installs from Google Play and 42 million monthly active users as of Q3 2020.
- mambawith more than 10 million installations on Google Play.
- Mashed potatoes is an anonymous speed dating app. It has more than 1 million installations on Google Play.
- feeld is an application that allows you to search for polyamorous couples. It has more than 1 million installations on Google Play.
- happnhas more than 50 million installations on Google Play.
- Her is a dating app targeting LGBT+ women. Add more than 1 million installations on Google Play.
For people to enjoy dating apps in a safe and private way, the study provided a series of recommendations such as: be careful when sharing photos, and choose those that do not reveal unnecessary information such as personal or work address.
Likewise, it recommended taking care of personal data to avoid being a victim of identity theft; try not to share phone numbers; Don’t rush into telling the full life story or more personal information.
Another of the detailed suggestions is to be careful with the links that are shared because they can lead to fake sites or auto-download malware (malicious software) on the cell phone.
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