Nearly a year after filming Dating Around, Brandon Bordelon seems to have moved on from the connections he made on the show. Although he certainly hit it off with both Ronald and Justin, he doesn’t currently follow either of them on Instagram (though Justin follows him), and he wrote a Facebook status on Valentine’s Day about “catching feelings” for someone new.
“Catching flights and feelings this year!!! I’ll take an exit row seat over roses any day!!! #happyvalentinesday,” he posted on Feb. 14, announcing a flight to Los Cabos, Mexico. He didn’t tag anyone in the status, but later shared a snuggly Instagram picture with an untagged man using the hashtag #boyfriends. “Setting sail to this adventure,” the caption read.
Obviously, it’s been a few months since that picture was posted and things could be different now. His official Facebook relationship status is currently set to single (if that still means anything) and his most recent Instagram photos have been solo selfies. As far as his job goes, he’s still a teacher in New Orleans at FirstLine Schools, per Facebook. “Teaching the youth of about life lessons and how to tie their shoes,” his Instagram bio says. “But most importantly what makes them unique and special. Love yourself!”
Since quarantine hit, he hasn’t been super active on social media, but he did promote his reality TV debut. “Check me out on June 12 on @netflix,” he captioned a post sharing the Dating Around trailer. “You might be surprised by a few of my dates. If you know me you already know it won’t be anything short of entertainment.”
Are you a a reality TV junkie looking for your next fix? It’s harder and harder to come by with staples like The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise on hiatus with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but fear not because Netflix has you covered.
Season 2 of their addictive romantic reality title Dating Around arrives June 12 on the streaming platform. Below, we’re breaking down all the details newcomers need to know before diving into this bingeable fare.
Each episode of this series follows one single person looking for love as they go on five different blind dates. Exploring the awkward, sweet and flirty banter common in a first date setting, Dating Around asks the question, who will get a second date? In Season 2 of the program, singles based out of New Orleans will be followed.
Stepping up its game from network dating shows, this series examines all kinds of relationships and orientations ranging from heterosexual and bisexual to same-sex couples. Dating Around is a more diverse alternative in comparison to shows like The Bachelorette or Bachelor which have recently come under fire for its lack of inclusion.
Netflix is offering a glimpse at what’s to come in a newly released trailer which hints at some interesting situations including an awkward reunion between former Tinder matches.
If you didn’t tune in for Season 1, there are six episodes currently available for streaming on Netflix. Each installment is roughly a half-hour in length and follows six singles on their quest to find the one for them. Season 1 includes Luke, Gurki, Lex, Leonard, Sarah and Mila, but don’t expect anything beyond their blind dates as Season 1 didn’t include a reunion special like the platform’s other buzzy shows Too Hot to Handle and Love Is Blind.
Dating Around, Season 2 Premiere, Friday, June 12, Netflix
CURTIS PRITCHARD has revealed he is not looking for another relationship after his split from Maura Higgins.
The pair dated for eight months after meeting on last summer’s Love Island, but split in March after a series of blazing rows and public bust-ups. There were also accusations of cheating.
Speaking about the break-up previously, Curtis said: “It hurt. I wasn’t ready for everyone to know we had split up — I wanted some time.
“It was a shock to see that she had announced it on social media hours later.”
Curtis is now content to remain single for the time being — and insists you will not find him on a dating app any time soon.
He added: “I’m very old-fashioned. I don’t actually like talking to people over a mobile phone or laptop. I’m a very sociable person. I like to be with somebody and talk to them.”
When asked if he had signed up for dating apps such as Tinder, Curtis said: “No.” His older brother, who has been with girlfriend Abbie Quinnen, a fellow dancer, for two years, added: “He’s too lazy for that, honestly.”
The Pritchard brothers have revealed their “end goal” is to become a presenting duo to rival Ant and Dec.
And they are keeping their eyes firmly on that prize — with no distractions.
For dance pro AJ, quitting Strictly just weeks before the pandemic hit put a break on his ambitious career plans.
But dancer AJ Pritchard has no regrets — and no plans to ever go back Speaking exclusively to The Sun, the 25-year-old, who made it to the latter stages of the BBC1 series last year with YouTube star Saffron Barker said: “I made a decision and I’m very happy with that decision.
“I felt like coming out on what was a complete high.
“That last year with Saffron was a fantastic year, and if you don’t move forward and keep striving for what is your end goal, you won’t be able to make that jump.
“To wait another year just didn’t feel right for me. I won’t ever go back.”
AJ was the second big Strictly name to announce their departure this year, after Kevin Clifton quit the show in March.
In his four years there, AJ’s highest finish was fourth with Team GB gymnast Claudia Fragapane in 2016.
However, his most memorable series came the following year with singer Mollie King from The Saturdays, as the pair were rumoured to be getting close away from the dance floor.
TV chiefs are still trying to replace AJ and Kevin for the upcoming series, which is set to go ahead despite the complications from Covid-19.
AJ is backing plans for the show to return, but admits there will obviously be draw-backs.
He says: “There are things you can do to still work with social distancing, whether that be dances like the Charleston or jive.
“You can create routines where you don’t have to be close together. I think the professional group numbers are the one thing that could fall short this year. Usually the professionals learn them as a group.”
And he joked: “You could replay all the numbers from the past few years — and then I’ll be back on the TV.”
‘WE WANT TO BE LIKE ANT & DEC’
In recent months, AJ and Curtis have got a taste of their dream jobs as a presenting duo with an appearance on the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal for those affected by coronavirus.
But their ultimate aim is to bag a prime-time Saturday night variety show, such as Britain’s Got Talent, which AJ appeared on as a contestant in 2013 with dance partner Chloe Hewitt.
AJ said: “Our aim is to get roles on big shiny floor TV shows and to become a household name as presenters.
“We want to definitely get our own shows commissioned and be like Ant and Dec.
“My first TV appearance was on Britain’s Got Talent. Doing some presenting on a variety show like that would be an absolute dream for me.”
The boys were tight-lipped on whether they had been in any meetings to discuss their own series yet, but did confirm nothing had been commissioned.
Curtis added: “We would absolutely love to be presenters.
“BGT is a prestigious and incredible show so hosting something like that would be a bit of a dream come true.”
‘I NEVER WANTED TO BE LABELLED DYSLEXIC’
But with both boys suffering from dyslexia, reading autocues on live shows can be extremely difficult.
Instead, they have to learn their lines ahead of time.
AJ said: “Reading the full text and learning lines can be difficult with dyslexia.
“We do work that bit harder, but I think that TV producers see that and adapt to work with us.”
The boys, who this month became ambassadors for the British Dyslexia Association, credit their dyslexia with making them creative people and for steering them towards dancing.
But they were not always pleased with being a bit different.Curtis said: “I never wanted to be labelled dyslexic for a couple of reasons.
“I was scared of it and I thought it was a bad thing — that I’ve got a problem or something, when in reality I couldn’t have been more wrong because it moulded me into the person I am today.
“And really it’s actually made me more creative and expressive and more knowledgeable.” With their creativity and upbeat attitude, all the brothers need now is for the TV industry to come back to full strength after lockdown.
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And they are confident it will.
AJ said: “We’re both in the same mindset to move forward with that career.
“But the entertainment side will bounce back because people need to be entertained and want to have fun.”
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Cindy Crawford’s 18-year-old daughter Kaia Gerber has been making waves in the modeling industry — but lately, she’s been in headlines for one other reason. Cole Sprouse, who rose to fame as a child with Disney showÂ The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (also starring his twin brother Dylan), has been spotted with Gerber a few times since his split withÂ RiverdaleÂ co-star Lili Reinhart. While 27-year-old Sprouse has previously denied dating Gerber, he was once again spotted with the model this Sunday at a Black Lives Matter protest. For many, Sprouse’s story doesn’t add up.
While rumors about Sprouse and Reinhart’s split had been circulating since July 2019, they didn’t actually break up until this spring. They’ve removed images of each other from their social media, and have been quarantining separately ever since Covid-19 lockdown orders went into effect.
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Rumors of Sprouse and Gerber dating started in April, but Sprouse was quick to shut them down, saying this on his Instagram story: “I tolerate a lot of rumors and slander from people online claiming to be my fans. Fans who feel entitled to my privacy precisely because I never indulge them…When I first stepped into a public relationship this was one of the foreseeable consequences. And while I truly never intended to indulge any part of my private life to the ravenous horde, it’s clear my restraint in updating them has allowed them to push their own agenda onto my habits and lifestyle.”
Spotted: Cole Sprouse at a protest with Kaia Gerber on Sunday. It’s been rumored that the Riverdale actor cheated on his ex and costar, Lili Reinhart, with Cindy Crawford’s daughter.
While that calmed the rumor mill briefly, Sprouse and Gerber’s appearance together this weekend has fans newly furious. Many believe that Sprouse cheated on Reinhart with Gerber, and even blame her for the relationship ending. Others take issue with Gerber and Sprouse’s 9-year age gap. But Sprouse defenders continue to dismiss the claims, saying he and Gerber are simply part of a larger friend group.
Cole Sprouse fans STILL wonâ€t acknowledge the he cheated on Lili & continues 2 spend time w a teenager. Wake up & stop defending him. https://t.co/TQQVkZ1WvY
People really still believe the cheating rumors from cole and kaia? Wtf. 1: cole is not that person. He would never. And 2: yes kaia was at the protest but mads and cami were there too you really think theyâ€d be there if he cheated with her bcs lili is friends with cami and mads.
We may never know what truly happened to real-life Bughead (that’s Riverdale‘s beloved Betty and Jughead, for the uninitiated), but we do know this: bullying Gerber for Sprouse’s alleged mistakes is definitely not the answer. This stunning young model is guilty of nothing other than exercising her right to protest with a group of similarly famous young adults. Bughead aside, we’d say that Gerber’s hands are clean.
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Grindr is removing an “ethnicity filter” from its dating app as part of its support for the Black Lives Matter movement, the company announced on Monday.
The controversial feature, limited to those who stump up £12.99 a month for the premium version of the app, allows users to sort search results based on reported ethnicity, height, weight and other characteristics.
In a statement posted to Instagram, the company said “We stand in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the hundreds of thousands of queer people of color who log in to our app every day.
“We will continue to fight racism on Grindr, both through dialogue with our community and a zero-tolerance policy for racism and hate speech on our platform. As part of this commitment, and based on your feedback, we have decided to remove the ethnicity filter from our next release.?”
Grindr’s filter had come under intense criticism over the weekend after a now-deleted tweet from the company that read “Demand Justice. #blacklivesmatter”. Many condemned the company’s show of solidarity as hollow when taken alongside the existence of a feature that allows users to explicitly discriminate based on race.
The company has long maintained that the ethnicity filter was useful for minority users who wanted to find people like themselves, rather than enforce racism.
“We decided before we were ready to pull the plug on that, it was a conversation we wanted with our user base,” Grindr’s head of communications told the Guardian in 2018. “While I believe the ethnicity filter does promote racist behaviour in the app, other minority groups use the filter because they want to quickly find other members of their minority community.”
Grindr isn’t the only dating app which allows users to filter by race, but it is by far the most prominent. Racial discrimination on the app isn’t simply enforced algorithmically, either; a 2015 study of Australian users found that 96% had seen at least one profile that included some form of racial discrimination, ‘through language such as “Not attracted to Asians.”’ One in eight of those surveyed admitted they themselves included such language.
The announcement came on the first day of Pride month, Grindr noted. “We can still come together in the spirit of Pride, but Pride this year has an added responsibility, a shifted tone, and a new priority that will be reflected in our programming – support and solidarity for queer people of color and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.”
It is usually not hard to figure out why a man cheated, and sometimes there does not even have to be a reason, besides the fact that he is a man, and an opportunity had presented itself or presented her slutty ass, I should say. Now to be fair, not all men would cheat on their partners, whether they were particularly happy or not. I like to call these group of men “Jaguars” because they are on the endangered species list and almost extinct. If you have this type of man, keep him satisfied, he deserves it!
Now since we really don’t need to go any further into why men cheat, I want to talk about women with all their “sugar & spice”. We, as a gender are generally viewed as the sweet and innocent partner of the duo, the one who would be less likely to stray. Just to get this argument out of the way, we all know based on statistics etc. that over the years there has been a huge increase in the amount of women who cheat, but usually you can pick these hoe bags out of a crowd, and maybe should not make one of those types your girlfriend or wife.
What I am talking about today is that loving, shy, predictable woman who absolutely adores you…
So why do these women stray when they are #1. not a scandalous mark ass trick as noted above and #2. in love with and adores you?!
The answer is….. Lack of the two A’s, Attention & Affection!
Affection is to women, what Sex is to men. It is absolutely necessary for a happy and functioning relationship! Now I know most of you are thinking that this is only relevant with needy and insecure women, and I would say you are correct, to a point.. There are some women out there that need constant reassurance that you still like them every 5 minutes… (The kind of women who can suck the fun right out of a room). But for the most part, even the more secure and non-crazy girl will contemplate finding some honey on the side if her King B is not producing enough nectar to keep her feeling loved and supported. It is unfortunate and usually takes a lot of negligence on a man’s part to get an overall “good woman” to this level, where infidelity is her only escape and means to gain affection and attention, but it does happen, and it happens more often than most probably think.
Let’s be real, all women crave attention from our partners… It’s natural to want to feel wanted, and most happy, normal, secure women get that craving satisfied in a healthy and loving manner. Some men may not be as openly affectionate as others, and some show it in is less obvious, but more sensual ways than the outright all over you types. I find these men to be the most desirable. They can touch your back for a second in just the right spot, or lightly tap your booty in public in a sneaky way, or even just give you a look and you feel the intensity he feels for you in that little show of affection. That to me, is much better than a guy who holds my hand all the time everywhere we go or feels the need to constantly touch or kiss me all day long.
But unfortunately, some women want the “show of” attention opposed to real sincere affection.
Now, before we get more deeper into what causes these women to cheat, lets break it down into the four (very vague) groups of women walking the earth. Minus the hoe bags, they have already been used, labeled, and tossed aside, as per usual.
1. Insecure Irene
This is your typical, “why didn’t you call me at 5:30 like you said you were going to call me at 5:30?” (Mind you, it is 5:45 and she is practically in tears). Irene is more likely to endure years of your 15 minute late phone call abuse (how could you?) and spend the majority of that time digging through all your personal items & electronics looking for any sign of your treacherous cheating before she would even consider wasting any valuable stalker time on stepping out with another man.
These type of insecure, non-trusting, constantly needs you to hold her hand, and be all up on her women, are much too focused on you, to turn to cheating. In fact if you are dating a girl like this, I bet you could only hope for the bitch to cheat, at least you would have a minute or two of breathing room to yourself. She will more than likely stick to you like glue until you get sick of her and literally peel her from your leg, file a restraining order, and call the police after the third time you find her hiding in the bushes, then she will probably go away after a few stalker calls, text, and emails.
Or (fingers crossed)
She will hopefully, for your sake, get sick of you getting sick of her and find a new victim to replace her necessity to feel loved every second of the day, while terrorizing every aspect of his life and simultaneously looking for any and all relationship faults to bitch, whine, and argue about.
This roller-coaster of crazy will just continue from one man to the next and the likely hood of her cheating, is low…
2. Lack Luster Lucy
These types of chicks are not quite as disturbed when it comes to relationships as Irenes, but are still tipping the psycho scales a tad. Lucy’s issues stem less from being a master manipulating, insecure, stalker; as that she is more obsessed with the fact that she rocks and you barely deserve her, so you better make her feel special and adorned upon 24-7.
Lucy is the boring in bed, boring in life, boring in conversation, just boring babe that is usually hot and thinks because she is hot, she does not need to have anything else going for her; such as a kick-ass sense of humor, winning personality, or bedroom skills that make him go bonkers.
The likely hood of this chick cheating is about 50/50. Because she has a sense of undeserved entitlement about herself, she is likely to be drawn to someone who comes along and shows the slightest more attention than you do, or who makes her feel in-sincerely special (because dumb bitches eat that fake shit up) then she will probs let him hit a few times behind your back or at least dump you for him, claiming this guy makes her feel like a princess and you just have no clue what you had in her. (besides a fucking headache.)
3. Melancholy Marsha
Marsha is a whole lot less crazy than your average Lucy or Irene. In fact she is somewhat normal (as far as relationships are concerned). This lady will for the most part not demand constant attention from you, or treat you like garbage, while trying to keep you on a short leash. In fact, she is more the suffer in silence type of chick (think Bella Swan-esk) almost like a martyr.
She will be hurt and feel sad about the little insignificant things that men sometimes do un-intentionally, but she will not bother to mention it to her man, and will just sulk in silence hoping he would notice and ask her “what’s wrong” only for her to reply, “nothing” while looking down and acting as if her puppy just got shot… (can someone say ANNOYING).
A huge percentage of non-hoe bags, Irenes’, or Lucys’ are unfortunately in this category, some more extreme than others, and some grow from a Marsha into a coveted Sally (our final group) over time, experience, and maturity.
The likely hood of her being down with “OPP” is pretty low but again it depends on the level of normality this chick is at. Usually a Marsha’s mind is less filled with thoughts of “gotta find evidence” or “I am soooo awesome and everyone better think so too”, that there is some room left for reason, morals, and a sense of her own identity other than just being fill in the blanks _____ girlfriend, or Boring Beauty Queen. She is more the type to become involved in an emotional relationship with another guy, rather than a sexual cheat. She is the kind who will cling to a dude or two in her life, or from her past, that she knows adores her. This way she can get the attention and validation she is craving, but still have reason to mope around sad about the fact that it is not coming from you.
But because they are somewhat on planet earth and not totally delusional, this will not be enough for her and eventually, after moping around for a while, she will bring up her feelings and then you will have to decide, if you want to stick around and be more loving, or conclude that her woe is me act has gotten old and ridiculous enough for you to walk away.
4. Secure Sally
Sally is that girl who has a life too, so she is not constantly wondering if you are constantly thinking about her, or who you are with, and what you are “up to”. In fact if Sally thinks you are cheating, then you probably are. Secure, non-psychopath women have a sixth sense about her man when it comes to cheating, and can usually feel when something is off. You guys are not quite the brilliant master minds you think you are most of the time, and you always give off subtle clues that the Sally’s of the world, who have their heads in the right place, and minds clear, can pick up on and see.
So if a Sally is feeling like she is not getting enough affection, than you are probably not that into her and she knows it, or you are giving it to some other chick. These women know the very distinct difference between the Loyal Lover who is just less open about his affection as opposed to the Cheating Charlie who is being spread too thin to show his girl enough love.
The chances of her cheating out of lack of affection from you is slim to none, this type of chick does not need to cheat to feel validated and secure with herself, and you are not the core center of her happiness, so if things do not feel right, she will just walk away and wish you the best. Now, this is not to say she won’t pull off a successful and strategically planned revenge cheat, if in fact you did her dirty. Sally ‘s are smart and can be a bit theatrical at times, so if she believes in “eye for an eye” (not saying they all do) then you better keep your pickle in your pants. Because she might get you back and leave you with the thought of having another man making her scream his name….
So why do the ones who decide to cheat, cheat instead of just leaving?
Answer: Because they love you and are not strong enough to speak up or if they have and nothing changes, they are not strong enough to leave you. A non slut face women will never cheat based off of the same reasons a man would. It is more emotional for us because sex is something most of us relate to bonding, friendship, relationship, and love
So is it your fault if your women steps out on you from lack of affection?
Answer: Yes, what do you expect her to do, just as the argument goes (which I will always say the women are to blame for too) if she is not giving it up, on a regular basis, and keeping it fun, you are going to stray right? Or at least start to consider it. The difference is just because I say “yes, you do carry some blame” does not mean, in any way, do I think it is ever right or justified for anyone to cheat out of something lacking in the relationship, whether it be sex or affection.
Even if it is provoked, deserved, or you have been “pushed into the arms of another” as so many cheaters love to use as an excuse. Cheating is the ultimate betrayal and sometimes the last resort before a breakup or divorce, and some men and women actually think it might save their marriage if they can get the attention elsewhere, then come home and be happy with whatever is left there. This type of situation is for the weak, tired, settlers of the world.
If you are not happy and need more from your partner, speak up or move on! As a society women are already labeled as weaker, sensitive, needy, bad drivers compared to our counterparts… You don’t need the scarlet letter (which so appropriately happens to be an A) affixed to your reputation as well. Be a Sally, someone who is stimulating in bed, in life, in conversation, and his a total babe with a kick-ass sense of humor, winning personality, and bedroom skills that make him go bonkers! Keep your man and yourself happy and leave the crazy stalking and cheating to the rest of the nut jobs in the world.
What It all boils down to is some women are super needy and require way too much of your undivided attention in order to feel safe in the relationship. This type of women will never be happy, the more you give the more she will want. But on the flip side, if you are one of those men who gets too wrapped up in everything in his life other than his girl, do not be surprised if she strays. Never be too cold, busy, or clueless to see your woman slipping away.
Never chase love and affection, if it is not given freely by another person, then it isn’t worth having!
“Please don’t go!” Jared’s mother, Kathy Bowling, begged him. “This is why I don’t want you to go!”
“This is why I have to go,” he told her.
Two months after he graduated, in May 2012, Jared packed his bags to join the Army. In his spare time during training, he recorded videos of himself in his camouflage uniform, singing pop songs and Christian hymns, which he uploaded to his YouTube channel. He was deployed to Afghanistan less than a year later, manning a .50-caliber gun atop a Buffalo, a moving-truck-sized armored vehicle.
Jared had wanted to see combat, but the reality of it hit him harder than he’d imagined. He was terrified one night when his base came under rocket fire. Two of his buddies were blown up in a truck. But that wasn’t the worst of it. Jared told his brother about one particular firefight where he was blasting away with the .50-caliber gun. “I don’t know for sure, but I might have killed a child,” he told Jacob. He didn’t want to say much more about it.
After a patrol in Kandahar Province one day, Jared injured his back while getting off the Buffalo. He was flown to a hospital on a base in Germany. There, the doctors put him on painkillers and told him he couldn’t go back into combat. After barely six months in the field, he was done as war-fighter.
Stuck on base, his ambitions crushed, Jared started coming unglued. He hit the bars every night, drinking heavily. He got a local woman pregnant. He was caught driving drunk and confined to barracks. He made a clumsy suicide attempt with pills, which got him placed in psychiatric care for a few days. By October 2015 he was discharged and back home in Greenville.
Though his parents, sister, and two brothers gave him a hero’s welcome, Jared was lost. “All my life I wanted to be a soldier, and now I can’t do that,” he told Jacob. “I just feel worthless.” He bounced from job to job and between his divorced parents’ houses. As the months went by, his once muscular physique turned soft. Jared had nightmares and occasional panic attacks and got into bar fights. He was diagnosed with PTSD and prescribed antidepressants. Stuck for a job, he bought a Jeep and started driving for Uber. Over Kathy’s objections, he also bought a stubby black 9-mm pistol to keep in the car, for protection.
By mid-2018, though, things were looking up. He was dating a local girl. He had a dog, a lively German shepherd he called Tex. He’d landed a great job for a chatterbox like him, selling phones and internet service plans at the local AT&T store, and he and Jacob had moved into an apartment with a balcony overlooking the complex’s pool. The brothers would cook, watch football games, stream Netflix with their girlfriends. Once a week they’d have dinner with their mom and then go into town to drink tequila and sing at DT’s, their favorite karaoke bar. Just about every time, Jared would wail through his three signature songs—“Drops of Jupiter,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “No Diggity.”
The caller said he was a police detective. He’d been contacted by Caroline’s parents, who were outraged that Jared had sexually propositioned their daughter.
Though he and his girlfriend didn’t mean to get pregnant, Jared was overjoyed when his son Jaxon was born. He stopped taking the antidepressants; he wanted to keep his head clear to be a good dad to the baby.
ALPHARETTA, GA — The City of Alpharetta is warning the public to be cautious when using online dating websites after a citizen was recently blackmailed.
The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety recently took a report from a citizen who was using a dating app and made a decision to send intimate pictures to the person they connected with, the city said.
“The victim has now paid thousands of dollars to the person to keep those pictures off social media channels,” the city said. “The perpetrator, in this case, has not gone away and continues to threaten and demand more money from the victim.”
Cyber dating and the apps that make it possible attracts millions of people. Many in search of companionship, many seeking long-term relationships, and many seeking to steal identities or worse, the city said. The world of online dating is fraught with top-of-mind risks (Is that photo really the person I’m talking to? Could this person be a predator?), but there is also a growing list of concerns related to data privacy.
“The fact is, dating sites and apps have a history of being hacked,” Alpharetta said. “For example, in 2018 BeautifulPeople.com was hacked and the responsible cyber criminals sold the data of 1.1 million users, including personal habits, weight, height, eye color, job, education and more, online. In early 2019 detailed user records of more than 42 million dating app users were found on a Chinese database that was not even protected by a password. The user records found on the data base contained everything from IP addresses and geo-locations to ages and usernames, giving potential hackers plenty of information to take advantage of.”
But, there are also many stories of people who found each other via online dating apps and are in very happy relationships today, Alpharetta wrote. So, the city said it does not want to scare any adult away from using them. The city said it wants everyone to be safe with their online dating activities.
With that in mind, here are a few tips that the city encourages all online daters to use:
As with all of your Internet accounts, use a strong, unique password and two-factor authentication, if it’s available.
Beware of anyone sending you links, and especially links using shortened URLs. Hackers will try to lure you away from the dating app to sites that can more easily harvest your data. This is one of the most common Tinder scams. Rest your cursor over any link before you click it to see the address.
Only ever access your dating app on a secure WiFi network. An even better option is to protect the Internet connection of your dating app with a trustworthy VPN. This will add an extra layer of security to the app’s encryption.
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Never share your full name, address, or place of work in your profile. Tinder, Bumble and Happn all allow users to add information about their job and education. With just this information and a first name, Kaspersky researchers were able to match a dating app profile to a LinkedIn or Facebook account 60 percent of the time.
Do not link your account on a dating app to your Facebook account. This makes it easier for hackers to connect your social media profile to your online dating one. It also would expose your data if Facebook were to suffer a data breach.
Using the same logic, do not link your Instagram, Twitter, or WhatsApp accounts to your dating app or share them in your profile.
For accounts or relationships based on your email, don’t use your everyday email address. Instead, get a separate, anonymous email just for that specific app or relationship.
Always disable any location-sharing features in your accounts on dating apps.
If you are uncomfortable sharing your cell phone number with someone you just met online, there are services that allow you to create a separate phone number. These services give you temporary phone numbers that last a couple of weeks for free or for a small fee. Since they are temporary, it is hard to use such a phone number on your dating app account, but it could give you some time to meet your matches in real life before you trust them with your phone number.
If an account looks suspicious, try doing a reverse image search of the profile pictures. If your search finds the photo is from a modeling agency or a foreign celebrity, you are likely looking at a fake account.
Eventually, you will have to share information about yourself. You are trying to convince someone that you are interesting enough to meet. Try to talk more about your interests, ambitions, and preferences and avoid specific information that could identify you. More “I love pizza” than “My favorite pizza restaurant is on the corner of Main St. and 2nd Ave.” Never be afraid to say “no” if someone asks you for personal information that you’re not yet comfortable sharing.
Avoid sending digital photos to users you do not trust. Digital photos can contain metadata about when and where the photo was taken along with other information that could be used to identify you. If you must share a photo, be sure to remove its metadata first. Also, always keep in mind that any explicit pictures you send could be used for blackmail.
If you are chatting with someone and they are responding incredibly fast or if their responses seem stilted and full of non-sequitur questions, you should proceed carefully. While it is possible you have enchanted someone so thoroughly that they are struggling to respond coherently, it is more likely you are chatting with a bot. Online bots are getting harder and harder to detect, but one test you can try is to work gibberish into a phrase, like “I love a;lkjasdllkjf,” and see if the bot repeats the non-word or transitions into a non-sequitur question. (If it’s a human, you can always cover by saying your phone slipped.)
This may seem obvious, but if someone asks you over a dating app to send them money, your answer should always be “No.”
Do not immediately friend your matches on Facebook. Once someone has access to your Facebook account, they can see your friend and family network along with your past activity and location. Wait until you have been dating for a month or two before friending them.
Have a mutual understanding of boundaries. No matter what kind of date you have planned, it is always safer to know exactly what you’ll be doing. By discussing a plan beforehand, you can both go into the situation knowing what you are and aren’t comfortable with.
Meet in a public place first. No matter what kind of date you’re going on, it is always safer to meet in an open and public place first. Avoid meetings that take place in remote areas, vehicles or anywhere that makes you feel uncomfortable.
Always let someone know where you are. Before meeting up with someone, let a friend or family member know where you’ll be. Some apps let you share your location with others so that someone can keep an eye on you during your date.
A bevy of mobile dating apps including the infamous Tinder, have vulnerabilities that could reveal a user’s messages and the people they have viewed in the apps.
Researchers from security firm Kaspersky Lab found that it was very easy to effectively online stalk Tinder, Bumble and Happn users due to the amount of information the apps display about their users, such as jobs and education, as well as linking to easily accessed Instagram accounts.
With this data, the researchers found that in 60% of cases, they were able to find a user’s social media profile on sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn, which reveal the person’s full or real name.
Furthermore, stalkers with a bit of technical nous and plenty of time on their hands can use location based apps like Tinder and Happn to work out a user’s exact location.
“Even though the application doesn’t show in which direction, the location can be learned by moving around the victim and recording data about the distance to them,” the researchers explained.
“This method is quite laborious, though the services themselves simplify the task: an attacker can remain in one place, while feeding fake coordinates to a service, each time receiving data about the distance to the profile owner.”
But more alarming still is that in a clutch of dating apps data flowing between them and the social media sites they connect to in order to authenticate user’s, mainly Facebook, is vulnerable to interception.
Authentication tokens from Facebook can be stolen by hackers and used to gain access to the victim’s dating app account. From there the hackers can access messages and other user-specific content and activities.
“In addition, almost all the apps store photos of other users in the smartphone’s memory. This is because apps use standard methods to open web pages: the system caches photos that can be opened. With access to the cache folder, you can find out which profiles the user has viewed,” the researchers added.
This situation isn’t helped with some of the apps found to be transmitting unencrypted sensitive data, for example Mamba transmits message data in an unencrypted format.
Kaspersky Lab has alerted the app makers, who should move to fix the vulnerabilities, but in the meantime the researchers suggest users of dating apps don’t put their job or place of work on their profiles and avoid unsecured public Wi-Fi networks.