Cyber security and adult dating websites: How to stay secure online
So, you’re thinking of entering the online matchmaking process? Online dating platforms are increasingly common in 2018, allowing singletons to meet in ways that weren’t possible before the advent of the internet.
While many people that use adult dating websites are sincere and honest about their reasons for using such portals, there are unfortunate exceptions to the rule. There is a plethora of cyber security risks involved with using an adult dating website:
- Online fraud – where cyber-criminals may attempt to befriend you via an adult dating site and appeal to your better nature to send them money to help in an ‘emergency’.
- Phishing – cyber-criminals are increasingly designing emails claiming to be distributed from adult dating websites, encouraging you to divulge sensitive information about yourself or your bank details.
- Some cyber-criminals will even go to the lengths of designing sophisticated ‘fake’ websites that pose as authentic adult dating websites.
First and foremost, if you really want to ensure you are safe when using an adult dating website, check to see whether they are members of the Online Dating Association (ODA). If they are members, they are committed to an industry standard code of conduct, including honest communication among users, privacy protection and supplying a framework for reporting abuse.
Unfortunately, some dating websites don’t utilise age verification systems, as they allow users aged 13-17. The impending Digital Economy Act (DEA) 2017 does not legally enforce age verification on dating websites, instead preferring to focus on commercial pornographic websites.
However, there is growing pressure on adult dating websites catering for users aged 18 and over to implement more wide-ranging age verification protocols. Thus, providing greater peace of mind that all users are genuine and well-meaning.
At AVSecure, although we fully embrace the need for online services such as adult dating websites to demonstrate website visitor age appropriateness, we also believe in preserving the online anonymity of consumers.
In an age where data breaches and cyber-attacks are all too commonplace, it’s important that those online consumers that are legally entitled to access age-restricted services can do so without the fear of identity theft.
AVSecure’s unique age verification system does not require or store any sensitive data that can be linked to individuals in the event of a data breach of an adult dating website.
The Age Verification Card is trusted by AVSecure to offer a truly Zero Knowledge Proof solution, setting the benchmark for online age verification in the UK. These cards can be purchased at thousands of retail stores across the UK, just like you would buy a lottery ticket.
This over-the-counter face-to-face age verification is all that’s required to buy an Age Verification Card. Card owners then input the unique 16-digit code on the back of their card into AVSecure’s AgePass system for truly anonymous online verification on adult dating websites, iGaming websites, e-cigarette websites and many more age-restricted online platforms.