9 Rules of Safe Online Dating

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Online dating is convenient, fast, and efficient. But with the development of Internet technologies, new types of scam appeared. As in real life, online communication involves following certain safety rules. Yes, the Internet is full of scammers, but there’s no need to panic, avoid modern technologies, stop using your PC, and be constantly afraid to go online. We offer you nine rules that will help you protect yourself and avoid unnecessary problems while searching for relationships online.

1) Personal security in online dating

When registering on a dating site, make sure to protect your personal data. It’s better to create a new email address that doesn’t consist of your name and surname. When chatting with your new companion, don’t tell your name, address, and phone number right from the start.

2) Choose a reliable dating site

If you want to be sure of the full safety of your personal data, then register on a trustworthy dating service. Such sites take protecting of users’ personal data seriously: the information about you won’t be given to third parties or found via search engines.

3) A strong password

Online shops, social networks, e-mail, dating websites - you need a password everywhere. Or maybe you even use the same password for all services? Fix this problem as soon as possible. Increase the reliability of the password by using a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers.

4) Potential candidates: be vigilant

Before you start chatting with someone online, carefully study the profiles of potential companions. If the information in the profile seemed interesting to you, it's a sign that you should get to know this person better. If, when viewing the profile, you run into something that seems suspicious to you, it’s better to avoid contacting this person.

5) Secure communication

Are you interested in one of the profiles and want to get to know this person better? Or did someone write you first? In the beginning, it's better to use a website’s internal system of correspondence instead of your real e-mail. In case if you decide to cut all ties with your companion, you simply delete this user from your friends list, so she/he can’t contact you anymore.

6) Don’t trust suspicious links

During online communication, you’ll learn more about your companion: what are her/his hobbies, what books he/she reads, what music she/he listens to. When chatting, this user may share some links to other sites with you to check out. Be careful with these links, as some of them may contain malicious software.

7) Don’t give money

Any request for financial assistance should make you suspicious. No matter how touching the story of your new friend is, you should treat it with caution. Would you ask for money from a person you barely know on a dating site? Remember that your financial security is not a joke!

8) Make decisions for yourself

"Where are you?" Why don’t you answer?"- treat such messages with calmness, don’t allow yourself to be pressured. Online communication should go according to your plan. The decision to switch from an online dating to a live one must be made confidently, accompanied by the feeling that you’re making the right choice. Don’t give your new friend your home address at once; the first meeting should take place in a neutral territory.

9) Safe first date

Before going on the first date with a person you met online, follow these safety rules: arrange a meeting in a crowded place and leave the path to retreat (for example, tell your friends where you are going and ask them to call you from time to time).

When looking for a partner online, listen to your intuition, but don’t forget about common sense and be vigilant. Following safety rules doesn’t guarantee full protection from scammers, but it reduces the risks of being fooled. Thanks to our friends from Russian girls on Meetwife.com for providing this article.


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