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If that professional headshot is still in a cache associated with your dating profile, he or she can use Tineye to match it to your corporate bio that shares the same photograph.
If you’ve changed your username, he or she may be able to find the previous version.
performs a broader sweep of services for usernames only, immediately flagging services where a particular username has been registered.
This is an easy way for someone with malicious intent to draw connections between a dating site profile username and your ‘real’ life, even if your profiles are correctly private or hidden.
Aliases and usernames have become a big part of our personal online presence, and we often feel tied to them when we register for new sites and services.
This can be a great was to build an online identity, but it can also make it trivial to tie our activity on various services together.
I highly recommend reading this eye-opening blog on the subject by IOActive.
Let’s imagine that before reading this article you uploaded your professional headshot to your dating site profile.There are two sets of clues that can give away important personal information in your photos. Consider: is there a window in your photos, and are there identifiable buildings or landmarks outside of it?Were your photos taken in an apartment building or dorm that can be easily identified in other people’s photos?The second way your photos can betray your privacy is a bit more technical, but still terribly important to recognize.It has to do with hidden information, or ‘metadata’, which is tacked onto most pictures by phones, photo editing software, and digital cameras.