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Protecting Yourself At A Free Online Dating Site

Feb 7, 2008
A lot of people are skeptical about dating online. But the key is to be smart about it. Here are some tips that will help you log in to a free online dating site without any fear or stress.

Many people are beginning to take advantage of free online dating sites where they can obtain introductions to others singles in order to expand opportunities to know other people and to share fun activities as well as conversation about like interests. However, many are careless about self protection when making contact with others online and too quick to meet other singles in person. Here are some excellent ways to overcome this problem. Keep reading to find out.

Don't post sensitive information

The most obvious security measure you can take to protect yourself at a free online dating site is to avoid posting sensitive or critical information about your financial affairs, your address, or even your telephone number. Such information can be used maliciously, criminally or just as a nuisance factor. For example, no one likes to receive unwanted spam mail that fills up the inbox.

Certainly, you would not want to post your telephone number at a dating site. Neither would you post your credit card number, bank account information or physical address. All of these things can too easily provide sensitive information to those who commit identity theft.

Check the security level at the site

The free online dating site should have top level security measures in place to prevent hacking and block viruses and worms. Spyware is another danger for those frequenting dating sites. Make sure your own virus and spyware blockers are efficient and used periodically. Look for an indication that the website is secure. The website should also demonstrate that individual information is not rented or sold to other organizations and that it has practices in place to provide privacy for those singles who elect to sign up as members and make use of the facilities of the dating site.

Don't get in a hurry to meet

While the obvious purpose of a free online dating site is to date people, it may be prudent to let a little time go by while you get to know the other person as well as possible at a distance. Because of the anonymity offered in a chat room, many people feel comfortable sharing insights about themselves in a way that they would not do until after many in-person dates. This can lead to a smoother transition to a first date, or it can be quite embarrassing that the other person knows more about your personal life than you wish they did.

Check information where reasonable

Caution is still a good keyword. Everyone knows horror stories about misrepresentation of oneself to another and the dangers and embarrassment it can create. This is especially true of people who met on a free online dating site. If the site you use asks for personal information it would be unusual, but using good common sense and not being too naive about statements is certainly a prudent procedure.

Paranoia is not the most comfortable way to live, so use good common sense about what your instincts are telling you. That's the best way to go!
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