Protect Yourself When Dating Online

Online dating is where many couples meet but when you first start your online dating adventures you need to be careful and protect yourself.  You need to worry about more than just getting your heart broken you also need to be wary of the predators that troll online dating sites.  Be cautious in who you meet and here are some tips that can help keep you safe while you are meeting people.

Start with a Reputable Site

Some dating websites, in fact most dating sites will allow anyone to join.  Very few of them do any kind of screening to the people using the site.  You can start by choosing one of the sites that requires some personal information when signing up.  Personal information isn’t available to other site members but it does let the site owners keep track of who is using their site.

Never Give Out Information

When you are getting to know someone initially don’t give out any personal information.  Never give out things like email passwords, home addresses, birthdays, bank accounts or anything that can be used against you.  At the same time never send anyone money no matter how compelling their sob story turns out to be.  There are plenty of predators online so always exercise caution.

Video Chat

Before you meet someone you might want to try a video chat first, that way you can see who you are talking to.  If their picture doesn’t match the person you are speaking with then move on.  False information just demonstrates their dishonesty and you don’t need that.

Meet in a Public Place

The first meeting should be in a very public place such as a restaurant or coffee shop.  You also need to tell a friend exactly where you are going and who you are meeting.  If someone wants to meet in a private place, then you need to say a definite no.  You never can know someone else’s intentions so exercise as much caution as possible.

Most people on online dating sites are perfectly harmless they are there for the same reason that you are, they are just looking to meet people and maybe build a relationship.  But, there are those that aren’t there for that, they would rather steal your money or your identity than meet someone.  You need to protect yourself from those that would do you harm.  Anyone that you meet online should understand this and be willing to accommodate your caution.