Trust your instinct and use common sense. Personal safety must be always on your mind whether meeting people online or offline. You can enjoy getting to know someone if precautionary steps are taken.
Majority of dating sites take precautionary steps to protect your personal information, make sure the site stays clean and safe for their members. If you are a member of a dating network, or thinking of registering as a member you need to know that most sites, especially the paid sites, have strict protocols to monitor and block accounts of anyone who uses profanity, spams, or not serious about finding a serious match.
Here are a few safety guidelines to keep in mind as you decide to begin your journey into the world of online dating.
- Create a new email account for your online dating profile. This will keep your communication separate from everything else. There will be no mistake and confusion about the emails you receive in this new account.
- If you decide to meet someone, insist on a public place. Tell a friend of your plans and drive yourself and back after the meet up. Always be in control of your logistics.
- Stay away, or even block members who keep bugging you after you said no. If the behavior continues you always have the option of reporting the offending member to the website administrator. Serious daters will respect your decisions and back off.
- Never never never include personal information like phone number, real names, home address, or email in your online profile. That’s asking for trouble. Instead, follow your instinct and selectively share that information with people you feel trustworthy. Take your time. There is no need to rush.