Five Rules for Safe Online Dating

February 25, 2011

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Online dating has revolutionised the way we date and is now used by millions of people across the globe. It’s certainly lost the stigma it used to possess when it was first launched, where people feared for their safety and thought strange, desperate losers populated the sites. Nowadays it is the norm to try out a dating site and the security of the service is no longer in question. The hundreds of thousands of success stories prove daily that it’s an efficient and useful tool, which has found love for many couples.

However, it’s undeniable that there are still risks involved. Here are a few ways to ensure for certain that you’re online dating safely:

Keep contact details secret…

When Internet dating , make sure you don’t give out your contact details left right and centre. It’s best to communicate on the site until you’re sure that the person is someone you think is special and want to know better. The last thing you want is endless phone calls from a string of would-be suitors. Plus, be wary of people asking strange questions and trying to find out obscure bits of information. It might be a very cunningly disguised fraudster trying to steal your identity.  If possible, try not to give out too much information until you’re absolutely sure there’s no risk.
Check up on their other profiles…

When you’ve found a potential match, as a first quick test try to find them on a social networking site – e.g. Facebook. By looking at another profile you’ll be able to see how they present themselves to others and therefore work out if they are being genuine. This will also help you sketch their true character even better.

Don’t make sudden decisions…

It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of excitement that comes with meeting someone new. But just try to remember that what someone’s like online may not be what they’re like in real life. So don’t leap into anything – like a weekend away, or handing out your address – because when you get there it really might not be what you thought it would.

Don’t meet up until you’re ready…

In fact, it’s probably best to stick with the rule to not meet someone until you’re ready. This will mean you’ve spent a long time really getting to know them – maybe over a two or three week period. You’ve chatted online and on the phone and have had many extended, deep conversations. If at that stage you think your new match is definitely a decent and genuine person and feel comfortable with them, then you’re ready to meet.

Meet somewhere public…

When you have found a match you’re ready to meet, make sure your first meeting is in a public place and preferably in daylight hours – just to be extra safe. This way, you can easily escape if things start to go wrong.

Whether you’re in Manchester dating or in London dating, make sure you stay safe when finding love on the net!

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3 Responses to Five Rules for Safe Online Dating

  1. Jocuri
    February 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I’d like to say that you always offer valid information and I have been an fascinated reader of your site for
    quite some time. I wanted to say thankyou really :) for all the good work you do!
    Thank you, your achievement is really a lot an inspiration for me.

  2. Joculete
    March 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Internet dating may not be as dangerous as it used to be because of the website increase in screening tehnology, but some people still provide fake photos and try to get people to met with them without being sincere from the beginning.

    Also, you never know when someone decides to do something stupid.

  3. hamza
    May 18, 2011 at 4:02 am

    Online dating and chat rooms are standard tools for people of all walks of life looking for love or a little fun. Ask your friends what sites have worked for them in the past. Trust the opinions of those you already know rather than choosing a service at random.

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