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Tinder - the ticket to dating and data?

After spending time researching Tinder and realizing how happy I was to not be dating, I wondered what electronic nuggets it left behind as one of the top dating apps. As a popular tool for dating, or “getting together,” it becomes a tool of connection for many people and a great way to link forensic data to different individuals

The App is fairly simple to use as it ties into your other social network accounts like Facebook. It will optimize your pictures to find the ones you look the best in and provide crucial information such as your location, age, and name. It matches you to others in your feed based on your interests and their interests matching up. Beyond that, it is a picture festival of people where you swipe left for a “not so much” and swipe right for a “well hello.” So out of this crucial information, what data is actually left behind as forensic nuggets?

Paraben’s DS (or now called E3:DS) parses and recovers data from Tinder. Below are descriptions of parsed Tinder data you can view in DS (or E3:DS). Please note that the information representation can vary slightly depending on what operating system is installed on the acquired device (Android or iOS).

  • Logged In Users: Basic data on Tinder users that logged in on the device, including:
    • First name
    • Tinder username
    • Tinder ID
    • First login date
    • Last activity date
    • Birth date
    • Biography
  • User Info: Detailed data on Tinder users that logged in on the device, including:
    • First name
    • Facebook account
    • Instagram account
    • Email
    • Gender
    • Date created
    • School
    • Current Work
    • Seeks (the user’s gender preferences)
    • Match search distance (seeking distance)
    • Match search minimum age
    • Match search maximum age
    • Is Tinder Plus subscriber
    • Profile photos (number of profile photos)
    • User profile photo URL
    • Instagram profile picture URL
  • Match List (for Android devices only): Information on the user matches (other Tinder users who the user liked and was liked by), including:
    • First name
    • Tinder username
    • Birth date
    • Gender
    • Match date
    • Last activity date
    • Is viewed
    • Is superliked
    • Tinder ID
  • Contacts (for iOS devices only): Information on the user matches, potential matches, and contacted users, including:
    • First name
    • Tinder username
    • Instagram account
    • Birth date
    • Gender
    • Distance
    • Match date
    • Is match
    • Is liked
    • Is superliked
    • Is verified
    • Hides location
    • Hides last activity
    • Has Instagram account
    • Instagram media count (the number of uploaded images and video files in the user’s Instagram profile)
    • Instagram profile picture URL
  • Conversations: Chat history and info, including:
    • Sender name
    • Sender ID
    • Text
    • Is viewed (message status)
    • Is failed (message status)
    • Is pending (message status)
    • Is liked (message status)
  • Viewed Photos: Information on the photos viewed by the user, including:
    • Tinder ID
    • Photo URL
  • User Locations: Information on the user locations, including:
    • Time
    • Latitude/Longitude
    • Altitude
    • Accuracy
  • Profile Settings: User profile settings data, including:
    • Discovery
    • Superlike
    • Distance units
    • Is currently logged in
    • Last activity date

As you can see, the list is not small as to what data you can capture from the Tinder App. Anyone looking to do a forensic investigation will be swiping to the right with a positive feedback on the forensic nuggets you can recover.