If you're taken but claim that you're "keeping your options open" by continuing to use those apps ... beware. There's a new service that aims to out potential cheaters by allowing anyone on Earth to find out if you're using Tinder.
The website, Swipebuster, is only a week old, but it's already gaining lots of attention.
Thanks to Swipebuster's simple user interface, all you have to do is enter the first name and age of your potentially adulterous paramour, click on a location they frequent on a map (for instance, the home you share with a white picket fence and two corgis named Biff and Diff), give the website $5 dollars, and it will provide you with potential results.
Swipebuster works simply by tapping into the public API of Tinder -- the repository of information that stores all of the app's user information, including things like your name and where you are when you use the app. (Thought that info was private? Well, it's not.)
Doubt it works? Emily Jane Fox at Vanity Fair tried it and claims it does, saying in her interview with the creator that "though the service can be spotty -- especially when searching for people in larger cities -- it passed Vanity Fair’s unscientific test. In a dozen or so attempts last week Swipebuster pulled up the specific Tinder users we searched for."
People who use the app and aren't currently living in a charming Colonial with their dogs, significant other, and cheating heart have little to worry about -- although the creator, who is choosing to remain anonymous, says that you should be.
"There is too much data about people that people themselves don't know is available. Not only are people oversharing and putting out a lot of information about themselves, but companies are also not doing enough to let people know they're doing it."
Read the full interview with the anonymous creator of your potential heartbreak over at Vanity Fair.