Online dating can be a fun and rewarding experience. There are many people that are now meeting online and forming lasting relationships in this day in age. However, when it comes to online dating and trying it for the first time, safety is ever important. The following article will go over some tips on how to remain safe while using online dating websites.
Protecting your identity is always a good idea, as with many online websites (adult or main stream) there are also people trying to take advantage of others and trying to recover information that they can turn a profit on or scam another person. Many of the free websites will allow a spammer or con artist to create a fake online profile in the hopes that they may be able to make money off of the online users and potentially get information from them.
Hiding Yourself Online From Stalkers & Scammers
One of the first rules you should remember in online dating is to not use your real name on the website. Unless you have met the user face to face, it’s not a good idea to use your name or your full name online. With your name a person could do a reverse lookup and get your phone number or address to send you targeted advertisements or try to contact or stalk you. If you have given your name out and a person becomes very inappropriate or you decide you may not want to meet, they could always take aggressive action and try to seek you out. By using a specific username and keeping your identity secret you will protect yourself from harm.
Anonymous Email Address
It is a good idea to create a new email address specifically for your online dating profile on a hotmail or gmail account. Much of the time the free websites will send out targeted spam to your inbox about other dating websites and potentially other scam emails. With this other email, you don’t have to worry if other users get access to the account because it is only used specifically for online dating and your other, important emails will remain untouched.
It is also a good idea to keep quite guarded and to only reveal small details about you online. The more that a person knows about you the more ways that they may have to find you or scam you. Not until you really know a person, have verified their profile or met them in person is it somewhat safe to reveal more about yourself.
If you do decide to take communication to the next step and give out your phone number be sure that it is a cellphone number. If you aren’t interested in the other person after meeting them or simply want to finish the relationship, and they are still adamant about calling or texting you, it is quite easy to block a number on a cellphone or change the number altogether. Using your home phone could expose you and people who live in your house to danger or be very difficult/more expensive to change over if the user did decide to stalk you.
Keeping these security measures in mind and more will keep you much safer while you are exploring online dating and contacting other users.