A few years ago, image recognition on a large scale was restricted to law enforcement and corporate security. Free services like Tineye and Google Images will search billions of indexed images on the internet for identical or similar pictures.
This isn’t necessarily traditional hash or metadata specific – cropping or resizing an image is not a foolproof way to defeat this (as I show in the screenshot below, where Tineye and Google correctly identified my profile selfie which is substantially cropped on social media).
Aliases and usernames have become a big part of our personal online presence, and we often feel tied to them when we register for new sites and services.
This can be a great was to build an online identity, but it can also make it trivial to tie our activity on various services together.
This is great for people who thing they might be catfished, people who want to avoid getting scammed or just connect with loved ones and lost connections.
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performs a broader sweep of services for usernames only, immediately flagging services where a particular username has been registered.
This is an easy way for someone with malicious intent to draw connections between a dating site profile username and your ‘real’ life, even if your profiles are correctly private or hidden.
You can check but perhaps he is just speaking to friends.
A fast way to find out is to go through his messages and call log on his phone.
Unfortunately, dating sites and apps can allow men and women to have secret interactions and flirtations and in some cases, entire relationships, without the risk of their husbands or girlfriends catching them in the act.