Security expert warns of dangerous dating sites (podcast)

As we approach Valentine's Day, you're likely to hear about lots of dating sites. Some are very reputable, but others could be traps for malware and ID thieves.

Alexandru Catalin Cosoi

BitDefender Senior Researcher Alexandru Catalin Cosoi has nothing against using the Web to find your special someone. However, he does warn that there are sites out there that appear to be dating sites but are instead run by criminals who are out to steal your information and, perhaps, your identity.

And even if you wind up on a legitimate site, he says, there is still the risk of someone posing as a potential love interest and asking questions that could provide them with just enough information to get you into a situation that you're not going to love.

BitDefender has published some dating site safety tips just in time for Valentine's Day.


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Larry Magid is a technology journalist and an Internet safety advocate. He's been writing and speaking about Internet safety since he wrote Internet safety guide "Child Safety on the Information Highway" in 1994. He is co-director of, founder of and, and a board member of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Larry's technology analysis and commentary can be heard on CBS News and CBS affiliates, and read on He also writes a personal-tech column for the San Jose Mercury News. You can e-mail Larry.


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