Using porn or dating sites are a big gamble after all porn sells. But, what exactly does porn sell? The fantasy of finding a really great 100% match on a site is the goal. If you are lonely this is a daily drive to answer contacts and to keep searching.
Paid sites always offer you more. More adverts, more pictures and more results, but over the last few weeks the danger of putting your real ID into these sites has shown there can be many problems.
Ashley Maddison and a few other dating sites were hacked and members name became public. Now, Match.com in the UK has been hit by hackers pretending to be official advertisers on the site. Once you click the pop-up you are in trouble.
From BBC News
The attack worked by redirecting people who click on one of the adverts through a series of links to a site that is seeded with code that checks to see if a visitor is running outdated versions of widely used software.
Bugs in the versions of Flash, Java, Adobe Reader and Silverlight used in browsers were all being exploited by the malicious code, said Malwarebytes.
Once a machine was compromised it could be hit by one of several different attacks, it said.
These could include falling victim to a virus that encrypts data. It is only decrypted if a victim pays a ransom of several hundred dollars or euros.
Another attack involves a trojan that tries to steal login names and passwords for online bank accounts.
Malwarebytes said it was not yet clear how many people had fallen victim to the malicious adverts, because the booby-trapped ads were served via a network that provided content to lots of different sites.
A Match.com spokesperson said it had no reports that any users had been caught out but it advised people to make sure security software was up to date to ensure they stayed well protected.