All dating sites have to suppress and deal with fraud. Q: If you are creating your own profile, is there anything that might make you a target? They’re looking for some sign of gullibility among people who are likely to have some savings. People who are generous, vulnerable, of-faith and fighting poor odds of finding a partner are ideal. In general I recommend people chat for a short while, and then jump onto a video date anyway. I don’t think anyone should put more than half an hour of time into communication without doing a video or real life date. They want to get into direct email or Skype or phone contact asap.So if your profile hints at any of those, you’re more of a target. Q: I’m already in a relationship online – can I be sure it’s for real? Some of these fake relationships can last for years. Q: My lover sends me gifts – surely that means he’s for real? They’ll send gifts, and make users feel beautiful and cared for, and then it them with a test. That way dating sites detection systems have less chance of picking up on unusual lines of communication.If you don’t have full-session HTTPS turned on for your webmail, anybody on your Wi Fi network could read any of the emails you write and receive using a tool like Fire Sheep, as they are transmitted from Yahoo to your browser.That’s because, without HTTPS, they are sent as unencrypted text. It’s unfortunate that Yahoo has made the HTTPS/SSL setting disabled by default, meaning that users are required to turn it on if they want better privacy.You can make new friends and find dates through the Yahoo!Personals network of online personal profiles."Unpaid Yahoo Personals members can sign up, create a profile, search for members and send generic Icebreaker messages.Mark Brooks of Online Personals Watch works with many online dating sites – and says that all of them are plagued by fake profiles, scammers and criminals looking for money, not love.
I checked off that a smoker was a non-negotiable for me, and yet several Yahoo Personals members showed up in my We Match list as did numerous people well over my stated acceptable age range (some more than 30 years my senior).Follow @gcluley Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at https:// and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s.Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations.It has taken Yahoo a ridiculously long time, but it is finally rolling out an option that will help protect users’ privacy when accessing their web-based email – HTTPS.Yahoo Mail has lagged behind competitors such as Hotmail (in the process of being rebranded Outlook.com) and Gmail by not allowing users to access their email through HTTPS.