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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.

Rape cases linked to online dating treble in four years

The number of rapes in Scotland linked to online dating sites has more than trebled in four years. The UK-wide National Crime Agency (NCA) last year dealt with 20 reports of Scots being raped after meeting someone through a dating website, compared with ...

Published:  Sun, 20 May 2018 22:46:00 GMT



Why I Didn't Reveal I'm Deaf In My Online Dating Profile

Arguably the best part of online dating is the chance to present a highly edited version of yourself to the pool of potential suitors. When I downloaded Tinder for the first time, after being in a relationship for seven years, I relished the opportunity to ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 05:33:00 GMT



More Australians Are Getting Sucked In By Online Dating Scams Than Ever Before

$340 million from over 200,000 incidents of online and phone scams were recorded in 2017 - that's a rise of $40 million since last year, the most ever reported. While investment scams account for $64 million of that total figure, the biggest rise is seen ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 09:00:59 GMT



The "Fairy Godmother of Dating" on choosing the right mate and having rewarding relationships

Karen Conti is joined in studio by the "Fairy Godmother of Dating" , Dating Coach and founder of Smart Dating Academy, Bela Gandhi. Bela shares advice about relationships, dating, using online dating sites to your advantage, and more.

Published:  Sun, 20 May 2018 18:43:00 GMT



From Spotify to Instagram, the entire internet is now a dating site

Musician Jacoby Jennings doesn't like online dating sites. Yet he found love over the internet anyway - through the music-streaming service Spotify. A playlist he created, inspired by music from the movie "Drive," attracted followers, including one ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 05:30:00 GMT



Momo Swipes Right on a Rival Dating App for $800 Million

The takeover, which was initially announced in February, will expand Momo's online dating ecosystem and widen its moat. To understand why Momo bought Tantan, take a closer look at Momo's core business. Momo's namesake app, which lets users find each via ...

Published:  Sat, 19 May 2018 11:13:00 GMT



Why Millennials Will Swipe Left on Facebook's New Dating Service

On May 1, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the social networking site's foray into online dating. "There are 200 million people on Facebook who list themselves as single," Zuckerberg said at the F8 Conference in San Jose, Calif. "So clearly ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 13:04:00 GMT



The scam costing Australians $22m more than dating scams

Investment scams cost Australians more money than dating scams last year, with losses of more than $60 million, an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report has found. Combined data from the ACCC and the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting ...

Published:  Sun, 20 May 2018 23:04:00 GMT



Amber Rose Shuts Down Rumors That She's Dating Lil Pump

No, Amber and Pump aren't dating. The internet felt a collective moment of confusion when a picture of Amber Rose lighting Lil Pump's cigarette appeared online from the Rolling Loud festival last weekend. The photo was perplexing for two reasons.

Published:  Sat, 19 May 2018 12:24:00 GMT



Some Houstonians hiring professionals for online dating profile pictures

With dating websites getting better at making perfect matches, more people are turning to them to find love. But that also means people are stepping up their game to make a good first impression. They say love is a many splendored thing. They also say love ...

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 21:48:00 GMT



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