eHarmony User Account Passwords Hacked

Online dating service eHarmony was hacked, recently, resulting in the hacker obtaining nearly 1.5 million passwords from eHarmony accounts. According to Online Dating Magazine:

“eHarmony says that it has reset the passwords of the 1.5 million accounts affected by the security breach.”

In addition, eHarmony has emailed all users whose passwords were confirmed stolen.

You can read about the eHarmony hack attack via the Online Dating Magazine story, “eHarmony.com Passwords Stolen“.

Note: If your password was stolen and you use that same password on other sites, we highly recommend that you change the password on those sites as well.

YouTube SPAM Videos Ruining Online Dating Category

(May 25, 2012) YouTube’s lack of username spam reporting is resulting in tens of thousands of spam videos appearing on YouTube, with most going undetected for years, if ever. The result is irrelevant searches on the service that allow spammers to thrive.

If you go to YouTube and type in “Online Dating” then sort the results by “Upload Date”, chances are you will be inundated with nothing but SPAM videos being uploaded by  bots. YouTube is contributing to this problem by not allowing usernames to be reported for mass spamming.  Here are some username examples of online dating spammers that have been on YouTube for more than a year. Keep in mind that these are just a few examples of hundreds:

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jasknyaowyice
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jafyesofujisa
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bouorsilbourbimpi
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While creating this news story, we did a search for “online dating” and sorted the results by “Upload Date”. Below is a screen grab we did of the first nine results that appeared (we’d show more, but our monitor couldn’t fit more in the screen grab). Out of the 20 search results shown, the first 17 were all spam.  Here’s an image:

YouTube Spam is Out of Control

YouTube not only prevents people from reporting a username for mass spam, but if you start flagging their spam videos one by one, after the third video YouTube forces you to start filling out a CAPTCHA form, thus insuring that you stop reporting spam videos. YouTube’s lack of interest in combating spam is making the service less user-friendly and opening the doors for other video sites/services that put more of an emphasis on spam prevention and allow users to interact with staff to combat the problem.

May 2012 eHarmony Free Communication Weekend

(May 25, 2012) Now through memorial day, eHarmony is doing another free communication weekend event where those signed up can communicate with others without having to have a paid membership. The deal does come with some drawbacks, however, as non-paid members will not be able to see photos or take their communications straight to email. eHarmony has been regularly offering the free communication weekend events for nearly a decade. The free communication weekend events gain new members and spikes in memberships follow the events as people want to take communications further.  Thanks to Memorial Day, this is a 4-day free communication weekend event instead of a 3-day one.

First Ever Urgent Warning Issued by Online Dating Magazine

(February 23, 2012) Online Dating Magazine, a publication and watchdog group for online daters and singles, has issued its first ever urgent warning dealing with a new variation on the romance scam. Online Dating Magazine says that scammers have started using fake Webcam footage to convince people that they are a “real” person. The scammers spend weeks taking Webcam footage from chats with unsuspecting people. They then save the footage then use it in Webcam chats with people they are trying to scam.

You can read (and republish or link to) Online Dating Magazine’s urgent warning at: http://www.onlinedatingmagazine.com/datingnews/fakewebcamfootage.html

This is a scary evolution of the romance scam which is already the #1 money-making scam online costing victims hundreds of millions of dollars a year worldwide. Now scammers can suggest (or initiate) a Webcam chat with you. They simply use fake video footage they’ve obtained and memorized. They type when the persona types and they can bookmark parts of the footage to instantly appear (i.e. the person starts laughing). They can also pause the video and attribute it to a “connection” problem when there is a need to.

This is very serious and the biggest advancement ever in the romance scam. Please help spread the word! Online Dating Magazine has been in existence for 8 years and this is the first time they’ve ever issued an “urgent warning”.

 

Online Dating Statistics Released by Online Dating Magazine

Online Dating Magazine has now made public online dating statistics that the site had previously reserved only for journalists and reporters. The statistics are revealing. For example:

> According to Online Dating Magazine there are 280,000 marriages a year as a result of people who met on an online dating service.

> The two “giants” in the online dating industry are Match.com and eHarmony.

>5% of all Internet users have paid to use an online dating service.

You can read all of the statistic here.

Sherry Turkle Discusses Technology and Its Impact on Students

In an age where people use computers to find love and social networking sites to build online relationships, one MIT professor is issuing a warning on how technology is changing our mindset and setting some dangerous precedents.  Turkle has released a new book titled, “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other” where she talks about how society is becoming less human. As a clinical psychologist, Turkle has been studying the phenomenon on how computers are changing people for years and she talks about it frequently. In November 2009 Turkle spoke at Harvard about digital technology and its effects on students. Many students are viewing technology not as gadgets, but rather as extensions of their mind. It’s a fascinating talk as you can see for yourself below…

Social Networking Making You “Less Human”

MIT Professor Sherry Turkle has released a new book titled Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other in which she contends that using social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter (along with social enabled cell phones) are making you “less human”. Her new book contends that the more humans turn their attention to computers, social networking, and cell phones, the more robotic we become as a society. Society will one day will share emotion more with computers and robots than other humans which can be dangerous. While people assume that social networking sites are building human relationships, it’s the opposite according to Turkle. We are building relationships with computers and technology – not humans. In essence, the more dependent we become on technology, the less human we become. Technology is teaching us to avoid human relationships versus improving our relationships with each other.

What do you think?

eHarmony Free Communication for Five Days!

(Online Dating News Blog) eHarmony is starting a new eHarmony Free Communication Weekend event, this one taking place for five days. Starting on Thursday, February 11 those signing up for eHarmony will be allowed to communicate with matches for free for five days. The free communication event ends on Tuesday, February 16.

During the eHarmony Free Communication event, those signing up will not be required to provide a credit card number. They will be able to use most features regular members do, but not all. Features disabled during the free communication event include the ability to see photos and the ability to skip the matching process to go directly to email communication. That feature is enabled once you and your match have completed the initial communication process.

In January 2010, Online Dating Magazine readers named eHarmony the best online dating service. eHarmony received 43% of votes from online daters, followed by Match.com at 34%.

If you do decide to sign up for an eHarmony paid membership, be sure to see Online Dating Magazine’s eHarmony Promotion Codes.

Online Dating Magazine Undergoes Facelift

(Online Dating News Blog) Online Dating Magazine launched in July 2003 as a free independent publication for online daters and singles. From the first day of the launch to January 2010, Online Dating Magazine had the same look. In January 2010, the publication underwent a complete transformation. The site is not only completely different visually, but it also includes many new interactive elements. For example, every page now has its own commenting system so that you can comment on the article you just read, video you watched, or cartoon you laughed at. In addition, the publication is conducting monthly polls to get Online Dating Magazine reader insight into various issues. For example, for January the poll was “Which Online Dating Service Do You Think is the Best?”  The February poll asks what the worse thing is to lie about in your online dating profile.

You can view the new and improved Online Dating Magazine at http://www.onlinedatingmagazine.com.

eHarmony Free Communication Weekend for November 2009

(Online Dating News Blog) Another eHarmony Free Communication Weekend is here! From November 19 through November 22 those who are signed up on eHarmony will have the ability to communicate with their matches for free. And some people have found success during the free communication weekends. One of those people is a girl named Celeste who met her match, Thomas, during a free communication weekend event back in February of this year. She says, “Thomas and I met on eHarmony on a Free Communication Weekend at the end of March 2009, and it has been amazing ever since.”

eHarmony is known as an online relationship service as its focus is on relationships as opposed to casual dating.