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Is Online Dating Safe?

The short story is that online dating is as safe as you want it to be. All dating websites have several measures in place to keep your true identity hidden and the rest is up to you. Making good judgment and being overly cautious can help you avoid safety issues and frustration in the future.

If someone seems friendly and fun online that doesn't mean they are the same person you envision. Be "street smart" when meeting people online. If someone asks for your personal information, to send flowers or pick you up for a date, don't provide it. For the first few encounters it's best to meet your date in a public place and always drive separately. Sharing your phone number or your last name allows someone to quickly identify where you live and how to get there. Remember that if your new online friend has a problem with your approach than they simply aren't the right person for you. Safety and privacy always trumps convenience.

Use the online communication features available through your dating website to get to know any potential dates. Many of the companies offer instant messaging, email and sometimes an option to talk on the phone while still maintaining your privacy. We've seen websites that even run background checks and validate the identity of members for you.

Avoid telling a new friend where you work. Sharing too much information upfront can have huge ramifications. Outside of your personal safety, you never know who someone might know and if that might ultimately come back to bite you. If you decide that person isn't worthy of your time you won't have to stress about issues at work or with suppliers should that person take your decision too personally and look to get back at you.

Being cautious is not just for the fairer sex. Men need to take the same precautions as women to avoid unsafe encounters for them and their family. A few horror stories have surfaced related to internet connections gone bad. Men also need to avoid unwanted visitors at their home or office.

Sharing your complete identity from top to bottom comes with time and shouldn't be taken for granted. Bring topics of discussion to your conversations and dates to avoid the desire to share too much, too soon. If you start talking, at length, about where you grew up and schools you attended that person may know mutual acquaintances that could blow your identity. If you ever have a strange feeling about someone, but can't quite put your finger on it, go with your instinct.

Dating websites provide a wonderful opportunity to meet great singles and even your potential sole mate. However, sketchy people sometimes lurk online and utilizing precautions is important to you and your family's safety. Remember to go slow and utilize the provided forms of communication through the dating website to maintain your private identity.

Senior Singles Tournament set for Saturday at Bellevue Bowl

The Merced County USBC Association is hosting a senior handicap singles tournament that is open to all members 50 years and older. The tournament kicks off this Saturday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. at Bellevue Bowl. There will be two divisions according to your ...

Published:  Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:58:00 GMT



Driven by four seniors, Freedom girls basketball has arrived

Freedom High School's four seniors, led by Hailey Silies and Kyra Jefferson ... and the first time Freedom beat the Golden Hawks in 17 games dating back to Feb. 3, 2009 (a 40-38 victory paced by 18 points from Eileen Tarnowski). Jefferson drove Becahi ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:38:00 GMT



Scammers lurking on dating sites and apps - police

Police are warning those using dating sites and apps to be careful when developing relationships online and are encouraging people not to take personal photographs or recordings of themselves. Senior Sergeant Stephen McDaniel says that scammers are using ...

Published:  Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:19:00 GMT



Jill Cataldo: Tips on stocking up for singles

Dear Jill: As a single senior, what should I buy and stock up on and where should ... The shopping and stocking-up advice I regularly share in this column applies not only to families but to singles. However, the amount you're stocking up will, of course ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:01:00 GMT



Senior Macedonia official in Greece for name dispute talks

A few criticized him and other black actors for not dating within their race. Michael B. Jordan and Marvels Black Panther is trending because Michael is dating a White girl and a number of Black women and some men want to boycott the most anticipated movie ...

Published:  Tue, 09 Jan 2018 06:42:00 GMT



Local Senior Games highlight upcoming tournament action

Entries forms are now available for the 34th Annual Albemarle Senior Games with two events scheduled to be ... On Monday, March 26, at 9 a.m., the men will hold their singles bowling competition, while the ladies compete in billiards.

Published:  Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT



Senior Housing Occupancy Remains Weak, New Units Stand Vacant

"In fact, the seniors housing construction level shares of 61% assisted living and 39% independent living have been quite steady for the last eight quarters dating back to the first quarter of 2016." Mace and other NIC experts routinely point out that ...

Published:  Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:53:00 GMT



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