Dating app popular among CofC students had security flaw

Dating app popular among CofC students had security flaw

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Tinder, which connects smartphone users with others nearby, is a popular dating app in the 18-24 age demographic, popping up among College of Charleston students. However, in October, a security flaw exposed users' exact locations for months.

While websites like and eHarmony sparked the trend of meeting people online, the dating game is now at our fingertips with apps like Tinder and Tagged.

"It's different," explains Quinten Miller, a former Tinder user. "You just message each other for a little while, get a feel for them. After that you can decide to meet them. You don't have to."

Tinder is supposed to show how close you are to others on the app to the nearest mile.

However, in October, researchers discovered that Tinder servers were actually giving much more detailed information and pinpointing a user's location to within a hundred feet. Just one reason some students opt out of any kind of online dating.

"I don't think that's how I want to meet whomever I want to date," says College of Charleston graduate Monica Benyard. "I rather meet you face-to-face because you can tell me anything over line."

"I do know they require personal information," says Natalie Simmons, a junior at College of Charleston. "I don't think I would actually do that."

The Charleston Police Department urges people to be cautious. Officials say sexual predators hide and hunt in places like these sites and apps where people are vulnerable. They say always meet in a crowded, public place and be careful in bars and clubs where drinks can be drugged.