Dating profile assistance
(The use of photo editing tools also becomes blatantly obvious, which can be a cause for some embarrassment.) Ensure you remove identifying metadata from photos before posting them onto your dating profile.
If I were forced to pick only one error which causes dating site members the most personal embarrassment over the long term, it’s forgetting this.
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.
If you post data which compromises your privacy or reputation to your profile, remove it and consider starting fresh with an entirely new profile.
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).Even if your registered username isn’t immediately visible in a dating profile, it’s often visible in the URL of your profile, your profile photo filenames, or during communication with other users.There are plenty of free and paid services which search and monitor social media and email accounts by username. It will rapidly scan popular sites and services for email addresses, usernames, names, and phone numbers to build a comprehensive profile of a person.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?
The photos are visually similar enough that the search engines’ algorithms can draw a connection.