Online dating can be a great way to meet people outside of your normal social circle. However, it can also compromise your security if you are not careful. Below are some tips to make online dating safer.
Make sure that you only use reputable and reliable online dating services that prioritize its member’s safety. Many online dating website conduct criminal background screenings for all of its members.
When meeting another member for the first time, always pick be a public place. If it makes you feel more comfortable, bring a friend or family member along with you. Let a good friend or close family member know who you are going on a date with, and details of where you will be and what time you plan to be home.
Don’t let anyone pick you up at home or to give you a ride home after the date is over. If things go badly, you want to be able to provide your own ride home.
If you feel uncomfortable for any reason, end the date immediately and ask someone to escort you to your car or other means of transportation.
Safeguard Personal Information
Be sure to not give anyone who you are communicating with personal information, such as your phone number, address, last name or financial information (including your Social Security number), unless you feel that it’s absolutely necessary.
In your dating profile, don’t reveal too much information about your family and children, and never post pictures of your children.
One good idea is to use an email account that is different from your personal email account in your online dating account. And make sure that you do not include any personally identifiable information, such as screen names that contain enough information to determine your identity.
Report Safety Concerns
If you have any safety concerns regarding anyone who you communicate with or date, report these concerns immediately to your online dating service.