Read on for what to look out for and how to stay safe! You’ve been told to be careful with online dating, but do you know why?
Finding a good date – or even love – on the Internet is a delicate balance of knowing what to put on and exclude from your online dating profile, including personal identifiers, pictures, and contact information.
With the following tips in mind, you'll be able to create an interesting profile that highlights your personality and interests, while keeping you safe from unwanted attention.
We asked Stewart and Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online, for their tips for enjoying dating sites while making sure you stay safe. If you’ve never used a dating site or app before, you might not know which one to pick.
According to Stewart, you should always “stick to mainstream websites and be cognizant that anyone can join most any site and pose as any person.” One way to tell if a website is trustworthy is the extent to which it lets you protect your information.
Stick to reputable dating sites and follow the online dating safety recommendations we have outlined below; many of these tips apply to both online and offline dating.
Dating websites allow their members to remain anonymous, and you should take full advantage of this.Among independent sites, Stewart cites Hinge, Coffee Meets Bagel, How About We, e Harmony, Zoosk and Plenty Of Fish as being “large enough to have good policies in place.” Although these larger websites don’t necessarily have more trustworthy users, you can at least rely on the sites to keep your information safe.“Any time you're giving out personal information or credit card information, you want to be able to trust the site/company,” Stewart says.Creating online dating profiles helps consumers carefully consider potential matches.Likewise, evaluating a dating site before using it is essential, and it will bring you that much closer to finding a good match.It is one of the biggest dating sites with over 90 million registered users across the globe. Mingle2 is a membership service of which users pay to be a part.