Dating profile assistance
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.If you’ve changed your username, he or she may be able to find the previous version.A single mistake made months earlier can haunt you.Let’s imagine that before reading this article you uploaded your professional headshot to your dating site profile.performs a broader sweep of services for usernames only, immediately flagging services where a particular username has been registered.This is an easy way for someone with malicious intent to draw connections between a dating site profile username and your ‘real’ life, even if your profiles are correctly private or hidden.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.You make a malicious person’s life significantly more difficult by simply locking down your social media profiles so that nobody except people you know personally can view them, or that the data that is publicly visible is not enough to provide the attacker an advantage.
This isn’t necessarily traditional hash or metadata specific – cropping or resizing an image is not a foolproof way to defeat this (as I show in the screenshot below, where Tineye and Google correctly identified my profile selfie which is substantially cropped on social media).
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?
How much information are you providing in private conversations with other users?
There are two sets of clues that can give away important personal information in your photos. Consider: is there a window in your photos, and are there identifiable buildings or landmarks outside of it?
Were your photos taken in an apartment building or dorm that can be easily identified in other people’s photos?