He or she will very likely check search engine caches for old pictures or bios that are easier to identify or contain embarrassing details.If that professional headshot is still in a cache associated with your dating profile, he or she can use Tineye to match it to your corporate bio that shares the same photograph.Let’s imagine that before reading this article you uploaded your professional headshot to your dating site profile.You realized a few days later that it was too much of a privacy give-away, and made the wise choice to switch to a new photo. Search engines and archive sites are continually indexing as much content as they can from the internet.Were your photos taken in an apartment building or dorm that can be easily identified in other people’s photos?I highly recommend reading this eye-opening blog on the subject by IOActive.
The number one open source intelligence source that people with evil intent will try to use against you, or to identify you, is your social media profiles.Did you post that you live in Milwaukee, tell a user that you live in an apartment with a pool, and tell another that you live next to an airport?These pieces of information put together say a lot more about your location than they do individually. How much information have you posted on your profile over time as you’ve updated it?The bottom line is: assume that anything posted to the internet is perpetual, and usually cannot be removed (even through legal action).If you post data which compromises your privacy or reputation to your profile, remove it and consider starting fresh with an entirely new profile.
Give some thought to what people can see in your photos’ backgrounds before posting them to your private dating profile.