However, with so many people turning to online dating for such a variety of reasons, it’s clear that the activity is literally allowing people to carry their relationships around with them wherever they go. For example, men are much more likely than women to use online dating for sex (18% vs 5%), whereas men and women are equally as likely to be looking for new friends.While many different types of people go online to date – and they do it for multiple reasons, our study also asked people about what they get up to when they are dating online, in order to understand the potential security implications. We found that a worrying number of online dating users are, through their profiles, placing sensitive information about themselves into the public domain, which could potentially lead them to harm if the information was to fall into the wrong hands.The relationship would be exclusively online and – extremely important – long distance.Usually, the fraudster behind the fake “avatar” would claim that they come from a poor family.However, as in everything on the internet, online dating is not without its risks – and the dangers of online dating don’t come in the form of just meeting up a psychopath for a date (or worse, end up marrying them).
The goal of the criminal would be to form a relationship between the “avatar” and the potential victim.Certainly, online dating provides all the convenience of making it quick and easy to meet people.Plus, it’s an activity that’s available across multiple devices, at all times of day and night.To request further data please contact Kaspersky Lab at [email protected] dating provides users with the ideal place to meet people that have similar likes, dislikes and character traits to them.People are now not only turning to their devices to work, shop, and play, but to manage their personal lives and relationships too. But with concerns rife following incidents such as the infamous Ashley Madison breach, and with the process inherently requiring users to share personal information, it’s important to consider the potential dangers involved.Are online daters giving away too much about themselves?Our study asked people why they turn to online dating and while half (48%) said they mostly use online dating for fun, other reasons were also evident, with some saying they are looking for more meaningful relationships, and around one-in-ten simply looking for sex (13%).These findings suggest that there is still a degree of cynicism around the success of online dating, with people being twice as likely to look for ‘fun’ online, than love (a partner).Online daters are most likely to visit dating apps and services from Windows PCs and Android smartphones than any other type of device.And, 51% of online daters admit to using a device that they use for work to carry out their online dating activities, despite the fact that they may be putting confidential corporate data at risk by doing so. So why are these people going online to start up relationships with others?