Posts with tag tinder

Smart idea or a little sexist?

New dating app hides women’s profile photos from potential suitors


Tinder might be all the rage, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a wealth of viable alternatives for those with mobile phones looking for some company. A new service called ‘Siren’ is one of many new dating applications for smartphone users, but it’s one with a slight twist on the traditional premise. In an effort to better “protect” women from, well, the legions of creepy men out there, Siren actually hides all female members’ photos from males. That means no profile photo, no nothing; if you’re a man on Siren, all you’ll have to go by is a few short strings of text a member might provide on their profile.

While I can definitely see the purpose in this – women are targets of sexual harassment on Tinder and other similar services all the time, and it’s undoubtably a huge issue that’s worth trying to solve. But I do wonder if this goes too far in the other direction, if this is perhaps a little sexist against men. After all, women have the ability to search through men’s photos willy nilly; a women could, and in some cases certainly will, choose to deny contact with a man based on appearances alone. But a man can only take a look at a woman’s photos if she’s already deemed him worthy, and something about that doesn’t sit quite right with me.

Perhaps a better alternative would have been to make this a feature of the service for all members. Anyone, man or woman, has their profiles hidden and only revealed once an interested member approves a request. Imagine – a world where we all base our decisions based on personalities alone. What a world that would be!

Via: Engadget

Flaw's been around since July

Whoops: Tinder security flaw gave everyone easy access to your location


Well, whoops. Let’s hope you aren’t paranoid if you are, or have been in the last year, a Tinder user. According to a new report by security firm¬†IncludeSec, Tinder has left a security flaw open for the greater part of a year that gave hackers super easy access to your smartphone’s location services remotely. While the attack, which is reportedly now patched, required that attackers had already intercepted your Tinder identifier number, such information would have been child’s play to obtain for anyone on the same network with a simple packet sniffer.

The flaw has been around since July, and was only recently patched last month on January 1st – however Tinder reportedly refused to communicate with IncludeSec, who reported the issue to the social networking service that’s disturbingly similar to “hot or not” services that have been around the net for forever.

The lesson here? Never trust an application that requires access to your phone’s location services unless you’re¬†absolutely sure that the development team is able to find and fix these sort of flaws in short notice. Such a security flaw could have easily put you, and any other Tinder user, in danger if the data was put in the wrong hands.

Via: The Verge
Source: IncludeSec