I’ve seen my share of Valentine’s Days and while I’m happily married now, I spent a number of years “on the market” and grew to harbor a special disdain for cupid’s holiday. Because let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is hard. There’s so much pressure! I suppose it was partially the fault of a girl from the 5th grade (you know who you are, Laura!) whose “Be Mine” candy heart turned out to be nothing but an empty proposal. Or maybe it’s that I mistakenly chose to give yellow roses to my first love who promptly scratched her head and said “really, the friendship flower?!”
Regardless, I couldn’t help but cross my arms and scowl when I saw a distastefully-timed piece of news cross my Feedly stream on Wednesday. The article “Dating apps pose U.S. corporate security risk, says IBM,” points to some downright mean-spirited research and a serves as a proverbial gut-punch to individuals troubled by love in every corner of the globe. In response, I wanted to share this open letter to IBM. Pass it along if you feel the same.
Nice job. Your choice for revealing this “dating apps are bad” news on February 11, three days ahead of Valentine's Day, will not go unnoticed by those that battle to navigate the dating world each and every day. Perhaps because you’re a gazillion years old you’ve forgotten that Valentine’s Day is hard? Or maybe it’s because your favorite color is blue? Seriously… nice timing. Maybe you could have waited until Saint Patrick's Day when we're all drunk enough to find love and under less pressure to do so? I mean, c’mon, some folks were really counting on these dating apps to finally make this year the last time they would devour a pint of Ben and Jerry’s while watching "Love Actually" in the dark. But no, thanks to you, in two days they’ll start the countdown, once again, to February 14, 2016, each day growing more and more anxious and completely frazzled. Thanks a lot, IBM.
All satire aside, I will say that married and single people alike should take care and watch out for some of the apps out there. IBM’s findings are similar to what Netskope has found. Many apps have big security gaps and carry serious consequences for individuals and the companies for whom they work. Just like picking a Valentine, you’ve got to take a look at the quality of the app before you go out to dinner with it. Only then will you live ‘appily ever after ;)