"Young apps often don't prioritize security and privacy," he said.
"Growth is everything in the start-up space -- and that can come at users' expense." Mayer is also concerned about the trend of using logins for other social networks in dating apps.
Using the Internet for love, or at least sex, is a becoming a staple of modern life.
More than one in five Americans between ages 25 and 35 have used an online dating site or app according to Pew Research."Swiping right," as Tinder users do to signal interest in other profiles on the app, is already slang.
Yet the specter raised by Adult Friend Finder's apparent hack is a different kind of threat than a company trying to use data to figure out how best to match people or leaking the info to other companies: It risks wholesale exposure of information in an era when it is basically impossible to put the data genie back in the bottle.
What users should really take away from the incident is that the privacy of the information they share with these sites is only as good as their security practices.
In addition to sexual orientation, the data allegedly revealed included e-mail addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes, the unique Internet addresses associated with users' computers and whether members were looking for extramarital affairs.Just last month, Ars Technica reported that wasn't encrypting users' login credentials -- leaving them vulnerable to snooping if users logged in to the site from a public network, for example.And other dating sites have suffered actual data breaches -- including e Harmony, from which more than a million user passwords were stolen in 2012.The app traffics mainly in creative types and anything ultra status-y: celebrities, people who work in the media, athletes, and even reality TV contestants.(Want to a shot at model and actress Cara Delevingne, or even Sharon Stone?If you find yourself on the market in your 40s, wading into the app-dating world can feel daunting.There are literally hundreds of apps to choose from, and if you’re a busy guy looking for something meaningful, scrolling through an endless stream of music-festival selfies probably isn’t the best use of your time.And, unfortunately, there's evidence that Adult Friend Finder isn't the only site that has issues in that department.Back in 2013, the Verge reported a security gaffe with Ok Cupid's "login instantly" feature that could allow people to access their friends' accounts if they were forwarded an e-mail from the service.Some you’ve heard of, others you haven’t, and one of them will even offer you the opportunity to date a Victoria’s Secret model.(Hey, to echo Lloyd Christmas, there’s referred to it as the “Soho House of dating apps”—but if you can manage to get an invite, we say go for it.