Sure, love might be in the air — but that doesn’t mean tens of millions of Match.com users’ passwords should be floating around like so many bits of easily grabbed flotsam and jetsam. A new report says that due to an apparent security flaw in the dating site’s log-in process, millions of users are at risk for having their passwords stolen.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air. Well, it is for Match.com and Starbucks, anyway. The two companies are sharing a meet-cute like no other by teaming up to make it easier for consumers to meet their perfect someone. [More]
You might not be able to mend a broken heart or get back any money you sent to the object of your affection under the mistaken illusion that he/she loved you, but that’s why we’re here, to learn from the unfortunate lessons served on others before you’re tempted to say, wire someone you met on a dating site $86,000. [More]
It’s been almost two years since women’s safety advocates began pushing online dating sites to begin screening their customers against available info for registered sex offenders. Yesterday, the operators of a handful of the most popular dating sites signed an agreement to do their best with the information they have access to.
Chemistry.com is a dating site that is separate from, but owned by, Match.com. Meredith learned this the hard way when she clicked over to Chemistry from a page on Match, then found that all of her information was already in their system. Assuming that it was all part of the same site and that Match’s advertised six-month guarantee was in effect, she signed up for a membership. After six months passed with neither chemistry nor matches, she learned that the guarantee doesn’t extend to Chemistry.com memberships.
After years of happy marriage, Match.com has decided that one of our readers has probably had enough and emailed them a selection of potential mates. Our reader met the man they would eventually marry on Match.com in 2001 and both of them believed they deleted their profiles together in 2002. In 2005, they were married. But using sophisticated algorithms, Match.com has tried to hook our reader up again. Maybe there’s a built-in 7-Year Itch protocol that automatically detects when you’ve hit the 7-year mark and would potentially be interested in the dating site’s services again?
In news that could set a precedent for online dating sites, Match.com announced over the weekend that it plans to begin screening users to see if they have a history of being sex offenders.
A reader received a weird message from a fellow Match.com member last night—it was a fairly transparent attempt by someone to establish contact with her via a false identity.
The Daily News says that one Brooklyn man is fed up with writing emails to potential dates on Match.com and never getting a response. It’s not that he has a “bad personality” — it’s that the profiles are of people who have canceled.
Match.com has sagely decided to stop requiring you to send a telegram to cancel your subscription.
• Shopping for lingerie at Agent Provacteur includes free critiques of your boobs. [The Company Bitch]
Whether you’re a bargain dating service buff or a connoisseur of the high-class matchmakers, it’s always optimal to do some research on your potential partner purchases. Especially in online dating, where descriptors like ‘loves movies’ means ‘can’t hold a conversation’ and ‘loves seafood’ means ‘nice body but cephalopod mouth parts, including beak and tentacles.’