How to date safely online

How to date safely online

Love can be found in the strangest places - and one of those places is online.

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With many people finding themselves spending more and more time on their phones, laptops, and tablets, it’s only natural to wonder if trying out online dating is a bad idea or not?

But do not let fear get in your way, take a look at ways in which you can ensure that you are dating safely online and which sites you can try out.

Do not give out confidential information
It is very dangerous to give your confidential information to strangers. You wouldn’t do it in person, so it is not wise to do it online either. Do not give out where you stay, work, your mobile number or any information that could help people track you down. This will put your life in danger. Remember not everyone is who they say they are and you may just be chatting to a con-artist or an online predator.

Avoid meeting in an isolated place
Going on a date with someone you have met online is the next logical step, but make sure the two of you meet in a public area. Remember you do not know the person you are meeting. Just because you had chats online does not mean you can trust them. So avoid meeting in isolated places.

Do not lend people money
A lot of people have been robbed of their hard-earned cash by strangers who asked for money online. No matter what reason the person you are dating is giving you, do not lend him or her money.

Let your best friend know about your relationship
It is a wise idea to let someone know about your relationship, especially if you are planning to meet in person. Having someone else know can come in handy if you go missing. The person can let your family and the police know key information about the relationship and it could help them find you.

Do not send nude pictures
A number of people have innocently shared their nude pictures online, not considering the consequences, but the truth is, things could go wrong and your nude pictures could end up in the wrong hands. Unless you are prepared to let the whole world see you naked, do not send any nude pictures online. They could be used on pornographic sites or for revenge porn.

Dating apps to consider
There are a number of great dating apps such as Tinder and Ok Cupid that can help get you started on your online dating journey, safely.

These two are amongst some of the dating apps that will not give out your information to anyone without your consent. The apps only show you picture, name, and interests. They also give you the freedom to choose who you want to interact with. The great thing about them is that they are also free.

So go right ahead and enjoy online dating. Your soulmate may just be a click away.

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