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.Somebody with malicious intent may use this to their advantage when trying to correlate your dating profile to other web content.He or she will very likely check search engine caches for old pictures or bios that are easier to identify or contain embarrassing details.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.These sites retain cached copies of images and pages long after they are changed or erased at the original source.performs a broader sweep of services for usernames only, immediately flagging services where a particular username has been registered.
If you’re concerned about dating site matches finding your online presence, or people online finding your dating profile, just don’t reuse usernames or email addresses!
You can’t see EXIF metadata without using special tools, but it may contain startling amounts of information about where the photo was taken, by whom, and when.
This exists primarily to help out professional photographers and photo storage tools. Let’s look at some of the data hidden inside of it: Create Date : 20 Make : Samsung Orientation : Horizontal (normal) Flash : No Flash Focal Length : 4.3 mm GPS Position : 28 deg 21′ 27.100″ N, 81 deg 33′ 29.71″ W Even with location geotagging disabled in your camera settings, metadata still provides a tremendous amount of detail about you and your devices, and can even uniquely identify photos taken with your camera.
I highly recommend reading this eye-opening blog on the subject by IOActive.
Give some thought to what people can see in your photos’ backgrounds before posting them to your private dating profile.