Online dating is an excellent way to meet people as long as
it is done safely. Before you begin chatting with those
strangers on the other line, make sure to take a few minutes
to make sure that you know what you should and shouldn’t be
doing. Like any type of dating, it is important to realize
that you do not know the other person on the other side of
the instant message. In fact, the online dating game makes
it even harder to know who is out there. Here are some
simple, effective ways for knowing how to stay safe during
Tip One: Never give out personal information. One of the
most vulnerable ways that this can happen is simply telling
someone your credit card number, your online passwords, or
your social security number. If they want to buy something
for you, or need to borrow some money, run. Even if you
have talked to them for years, you should never provide this
information on the web. Instead, send them a money order or
make the purchase yourself.
Tip Two: Beware of people who lie to you. Now, this may
seem quite simple as no one wants to be around those that
lie. But, in the online dating game, you really need to
watch for those mistakes. As they found you, they can find
others. In other words, don’t think that you are the only
one that they are chatting with. One thing the online
dating world is not is exclusive. Lying can be a sign that
they are keeping things from you that are much larger. Be
wary of this.
Tip Three: Don’t provide your home address to anyone.
Again, you do not really know these people nor do you want
some nut case showing up at your house. Don’t think they
will do that? Ask yourself why they wouldn’t. Never
provide your last name either if you information is listed
in phone books or the web. Just make one up or simply don’t
give one out. Having a name, phone number and address of an
individual is enough to get some loans.
Tip Four: If you plan to meet them, meet them in an open,
crowded place and stay there. Your first meeting should be
someplace like a restaurant, a park or a movie theater where
there are many people around for your own safety. Also,
don’t stray from that location. On a first date like this,
you shouldn’t trust anyone.
Tip Five: When you are participating in online dating, you
need to properly prepare yourself. Many of the people that
get on the web to find someone to talk to are just fine, but
there are those that are looking at you as if you are prey.
Not only do you need to protect your safety, but you also
need to protect your heart. Don’t put it on the line. Make
sure your just looking for friends at first. If by that
slim chance you do find someone to love, that’s great. But
protecting yourself first and foremost is your goal in every
online dating relationship that you enter.