So we have to set some ground rules when it comes to dating the masters of the universe.That's why we've reached out to both male and female bankers, traders, analysts and hedge funders, etc.We always hear about these Wall Street dating horror stories.There's the rude email cover letter from an investment manager begging for a second date, the alleged stalking bank analyst and the finance guy's spreadsheet comparing his online dating prospects, just to name a few of the more recent ones.At some point I told a friend that it's dangerous to reveal your birth date (kind of like your social security number or your mother's maiden name), because it's a crucial piece of information for identity theft. the chances are that other information is or may be available, and not protecting all of it (unless really necessary) increases the chance of someone knowing enough to do damage.However, I'm not sure an identity thief could do if the only non-public information he had about me was my birth date. The problem with revealing your birthday isn't the birthday itself, it is that you are giving people one more data point.Though his note struck me as a bit peculiar, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. It wasn’t until weeks later, when we began dating exclusively, that I realized what I found so strange about our interaction.
What kinds of things could an ID thief do with just with my birth date? That information can then be used to hack things, either directly using password reset forms, guessing passwords, etc, or indirectly through spear phishing attacks.
And despite his corporate job (being an “Excel monkey,” as he called it), I found our conversations witty enough to stomach dating a yuppie working for the Man.
After our first date, I took off for a trip and came back to an e-mail: “Yesterday was fun. Have fun in San Diego; and give me a buzz when you are back in town.” How prompt, I thought at the time.
I started thinking about creating a joint bank account with my boyfriend, whom we’ll call “Dave,” about six months into our relationship.
I’m 24 and he’s 26, but pitching that kind of idea is one that could make anyone, no matter what age, feel weird.