Online dating services offer a convenient and personalized way to meet that special someone. But along with matchmaking possibilities, these websites can provide an avenue for thieves to steal your identity and wreak havoc with more than your love life.
The Federal Trade Commission estimates that the identities of up to 9 million Americans are stolen annually. The Consumer Reports National Research Center puts that figure even higher, saying that nearly 16 million American households were victims of identity theft during the past year. In many cases, hackers accessed the victims’ online information, according to the Center’s latest survey.
In the world of online dating, a security breach of eHarmony’s system offers one cautionary tale. Some 1.5 million passwords belonging to eHarmony members were recently stolen and posted to the Web, according to news reports.