Life is Short. Have an Affair.
That’s the slogan for online affair website Ashley Madison. Notice I didn’t say online dating site? This site isn’t anything to do with dating.
For those of you not familiar with Ashley Madison, it’s a website where married people (or those in relationships) go to find someone with whom they can have an affair. Classy right? It also has a reported 37 million users. That’s an awful lot of people doing ‘research’. You see, since users names, email addresses and details have been leaked on the web, the excuse of ‘i was just doing it for research’ keeps cropping up. Yup, and i was born yesterday…..;)
Do I have any sympathy?
No. But i do feel sorry for their partners.
I also think there are lots of fake details on there. As you don’t have to confirm an email to use Ashley Madison it would be pretty easy to register someone as a prank. Equally there are lots of people sweating right now! Josh Duggar from 19 kids and counting has come forward to admit that he had an account spending nearly $1,000 dollars. This is the guy who preaches family values and has a young child with his wife.
I was invited onto Channel 5 news to talk about the leak a few weeks back when it was merely a threat. If you didn’t catch it you can watch a summary here:
Whether you agree with the leak of users or not, there is one lesson to be learnt and this quote sums it up perfectly:
‘Never put anything online you wouldn’t be happy to see on your gran’s coffee table’
Always worth keeping in mind! It’s also a good idea to google your name once in a while to see what comes up….after all you know your date is Googling you (even though I would say don’t do it!!). And i don’t mean that because i think you are up to something dodgy (you aren’t, are you? hehe) but because it’s always good to have an online presence that reflects who you are.
Share your thoughts with me on the hacking over on twitter, as usual, @matchmaker_miss