Always check the default photo uploads from your social media account.

Many dating apps, including Tinder, Happn, PoF and Eharmony, make it simpler to create a dating profile by retrieving images and other information from linked social media accounts – Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. This facility will usually upload your last eight profile pictures, though users are given the option to select alternatives from other albums.

The reason to check the default uploads is twofold. Firstly, you’re opening yourself up to social media stalking. Even suites that you didn’t swipe right for can track you down by matching your name and photos to a social media account. Unless your settings are configured for maximum privacy or there is no embarrassing content on your profile; your date may get to see you in a different light before you have even met.

Secondly, the upload may contain pictures of you and your ex or other incriminating incidents. Below are several screen shots friends and I shared with one and other of profiles that contained a guy’s wedding photos. Please note, these were screen-grabbed in 2014 and faces have been pixelated for their privacy, but they give you an idea of possible photo faux pas that occur when users don’t check the auto uploaded pictures.

Wedding photo on Tinder
Wedding photo on Tinder
Wedding photo on Tinder