Four Tips On How To Date Safely Online
Technology is really making everything accessible and we can connect couples digitally and easily. In 2005, 44% shared their positive thoughts about online dating according to the Pew Research Center. After 10 years, that percentage grew up to 59% making the stigma attached to online dating significantly decreasing. Even though its popularity is rising, many still questions if dating online is secure. Making connections virtually with strangers has a risk but it’s still the fun, less awkward and low-pressure way to look for a partner. Well, here are the four tips you can use to date safely online.
1. Always use a Trusted Dating Site/App
There are more than 3,000 online dating apps available in PlayStore of iStore, and these figures are alarming because fraudsters are becoming rampant. There are people who use the app to target innocent kids or students and harm them. So you better choose that websites/app that has excellent reviews or stars like Tinder, OkCupid, Match.com, etc. These verified apps protect your private information and some require a membership fee to make you secure.
2. Don’t make your information public
Any potential partners or dates are stalkers in disguise. So be careful in putting up your information in your profile because these hackers are computer savvy and might have an extensive search of your profile. Never post any identifying details on your posts and profile – especially your phone number, office mail, address, etc. Make sure you don’t give away too much in the dating site. As much as possible, set your security settings on a maximum level and never allow any apps to post your information publicly.
3. Be smart and investigate your potential dates
If you have a possible date, don’t hesitate to know this person more through the use of Google or other social media platforms. You can also browse their tweets or posts to check if they have an unpleasing personality that could possibly harm you later. Use their profile picture and paste it on the Google Images search bar. Google will look for that image using facial recognition and photo binary data which reveals important information regarding the person.
4. Be careful about Personal Meetings
If you have a potential date which asks you to have a face-to-face meeting, always choose a public place and never choose your home or office for the meet-up because it gives them the chance to meet you again. So before you decide to push through the idea of meeting him/her, tell your friends or parents that you’ll be meeting someone at this time and place. Tell them to call you during your date to check on you whether you feel comfortable or not. Also, ride a taxi or use your own car to go home. Never allow your date to take you home because that is risky. Don’t be afraid to report anyone if you think they are going to harm you.
Dating is absolutely fun but minds you, the risk is really high. But with the tips enumerated above, it will somehow give you an idea to how to go on dates safely after you have discovered them online.