You’re probably aware of how to keep yourself safe online, but in order to help you out a little, we thought we would remind you of those golden rules to follow to make dating online as safe a place as possible.
Follow these few simple check points and you’ll have nothing to worry about!
Choose a password that you can easily remember but would be difficult for anyone else to guess. Names are easy, but just as easy for someone who knows you to guess too!
Many dating websites have a wonderful messaging system which means you don’t need to give out any contact information at all until you’re happy to. Don’t be afraid to tell someone that you’d rather stick to talking online for a little longer. If they’re sincere then they won’t have a problem.
If someone you barely know asks to borrow money or asks for any sort of financial details whatsoever, then alarm bells should start to ring. You wouldn’t expect someone you met in the bar last week to ask you for money, and you shouldn’t expect it online either. However nice or in a bad way they may seem, never feel pressured to help.
The bottom line is that you should always stay in control. Meet in a public place, tell someone when and where you’re going, and arrange to call them at a given time to confirm it’s going well. If your date is worthy, they’ll completely understand.
The vast majority of people you meet online will be genuine people just like you, who are simply looking for a date or some friendship. As long as you follow the golden rules and take care – we’re sure you’ll have fun!