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Tinder is getting more secure for its users, as the firm announced this week that it would finally encrypt photos uploaded to the app.
The lack of encryption in Tinder was pointed out in an article featured on Wired which highlighted how a motivated hacker could hijack the service and intercept images in the ap, replacing them for whatever they wanted. they would also gain the ability to look at who they swiped left or right on, allowing them to keep track of a user’s activity.
Tinder encrypted its service in February, but the process was not yet completed until recently, causing Tinder to hold off the announcement.
In a letter addressed to US Senator Wyden, who had joined the firm over its lackadaisical attitude to security, the firm noted that it had addressed the issues, encrypting images as well as modifying data so that left swipes do not register differently from right swipes, denying theoretical dating hackers the ability to parse user actions on the app.