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Internet Dating Safety Precautions

May 31, 2008
If you're planning on joining an Internet dating service, it is very important that you learn some basic online dating safety precautions.

Although there are a lot of good and honest people online, unfortunately, just like in the real brick and mortar dating world, there are also predators. For this reason, you must take the necessary steps to protect yourself and ensure your safety.

Generally speaking, online dating safety is simply a matter of good old common sense. For example, you wouldn't hand out your personal information to a stranger that you meet on a street, and the same should be true of people you meet while dating on the internet.

Here are some basic guidelines to protect you while dating online:

* NEVER provide your real name in the beginning. Take your time to really get to know the person you're talking with before revealing this information. This should take months and not weeks or days. If the person you're talking with is for real, they will also want to take things slow and not exchange personal information too quickly.

* NEVER provide the city in which you live or were born, as this will also enable them to track you down.

* NEVER use your ISP email address or use chat programs, such as ICQ or AIM, as this will reveal your true identity. This information can be used to find the exact location in which you reside.

Instead, always use the email and chat system that your online dating service provides or use a free email account, such as Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo.

* NEVER reveal your place of employment. This includes both the name and location. If you tell the person you are dating online exactly what company you work for, you have provided information that makes it possible for them to get your home address as well as your telephone number. They can simply call the personnel office at your place of employment and get that information by pretending to be a police officer or they can send written communication that looks official enough and get the information in writing. They could also be waiting for you when you get off work.

Instead, you can tell them that you are a 'Legal Secretary' a 'General Contractor' or whatever - just not the name of your company or employer.

* If you have children, NEVER reveal the school your children attend, as this information can also be used to track you and your children down.

* Avoid giving out specific information about you and your life. Simply do not name specific places or events that will make it possible for a determined online dating partner to locate you or your family. For example, if you mention that you're going to the balloon festival, they may automatically know that you're referring to the Albuquerque, New Mexico balloon festival.

After you take the time to get to know someone, which should take a period of months, not weeks or days, and you decide that you're ready to meet in person, do so with caution. Always make sure that your first face to face meeting is in a public place during daylight hours. It is also a good idea to keep the first meeting very short. For example, instead of going out for dinner, meet for a cup of coffee.

By taking a few simple precautions, you can have a safe online dating experience and even meet the person of your dreams. Remember, if the person you're interested in is sincere, they will have no problem with you taking these precautions. It's the predators that will have the problem and they will move on to an easier target.
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