Keeping Safe in Online Dating

When one is of age, there is always a need to have someone close. Lasting friendships and love are developed at this stage. All of these start by dating. The internet has opened up a new way of adult dating which, which is online dating. One is able to date friends from all over the world, from the convenience of his or her seat. While this is an interesting development, it carries with it many risks. There have been many cases of credit information theft, cyber bullying, phishing (identity theft), and bodily harm upon physical meeting. It is thus important to keep safe when meeting strangers online.

The choice of dating site is crucial. Since dating sites collect a lot of personal information, it is good to be a little prickly with which dating site gets the personal information. There are all sorts of dating sites that are coming up nowadays. However, one is better off using a dating site that has been around for long, as the site is likely to safeguard personal information as promised. One may ask friends who have dated online about their experience to learn from it. Even on established sites, it is good not to give a lot of personal information that is not needed. Phone numbers and working places should not be put on the public profile. One may create a Google voice number, from which calls can be transferred to his or her phone number, without revealing the true phone number.

In addition, one should not give out his or her financial information online. Both the site and online visitors should not know each other’s credit card passwords. Moreover, no money should be sent to facilitate the meeting with a date. The behavior of asking for an airline ticket and accommodations, or other cash is a common fraud. It is also advisable to look out for odd language. If the language changes to money talk, threats, and ideas one does not appreciate, it is advisable to block the date and report the user to support. Many people have been blackmailed into giving money, personal information, and financial records using some of these tricks.

It is hard to be sure if the image one sees on the profile is his or her date’s real image. Most swindles steal social media profiles and internet images to appear real. One may upload the partner’s image into Tineye and see where else the image has been used. It is also advisable to ask the date about their social media profiles, visit their pages, and connect with some of his or her social media friends. Finally, one should go to a physical meeting in a place he or she knows well, in open public places, such as hotels or parks, and be accompanied by a friend. This would reduce the chances of crimes, such as rape and theft during the meeting.