More than 40 million Americans use online dating sites or dating apps. As is the case when meeting someone new, whether online or offline, it’s wise to keep a few safety precautions in mind so as to reduce the risk of falling victim
Dating apps don’t conduct criminal background checks on users, so it’s up to each user to determine if they are comfortable meeting up with someone. However, it is important to remember that if you do experience sexual assault or violence while dating online or using an app, it is not your fault.
Below are some steps you can take to increase your safety when interacting with others through online dating apps and services—whether you are interacting virtually or in person. Like any safety tips, they are not a guarantee, but they may help you feel more secure. Check US-reviews for people’s comments about online dating platforms.
This article contains a range of advice as to how to stay safe while interacting with a prospective date online;
1. Take time to get to know someone before meeting
When you meet someone you can quickly feel like you know them really well, because it’s often easier to connect in writing and to read more into the written word than the spoken word. This can mean you rush into things, and relationships may move quicker than you expect. So, before you meet one on one, get to know each other better. Ask questions about their background, their past relationships, hubbies and so on. This information will give you a great idea of who you are about to meet.
2. Block anyone suspicious
On the dating site, users’ behavior can be monitored, so if someone becomes abusive or inappropriate with the way they relate with you, the site can respond accordingly. You also have the ability to block someone on a dating site messaging system. Check online reviews about dating platforms.
3. Use different photos for your profile photo
When it comes to setting up your online dating profile, don’t use your best personal photos. They might look amazing, but don’t use them. Take a few different shots for your online profile.
Likewise, don’t connect your Facebook or Instagram accounts to your online dating app accounts. I know some dating apps have the ability to connect your accounts to your dating profile, but avoid doing so. Leave those profiles for people who know you
4. Don’t give out personal information
While most dating websites nowadays use a first name, it’s important to restrict the flow of additional information to remain a little more anonymous. Personal information may include your last name, your address (or other prominent identifiers of where your home is), your social security or insurance number and your credit card or banking information.
5. Pay attention to the location settings in dating apps
Many dating apps use your location, but strangers shouldn’t have access to information that lets them find your specific neighborhood, so it is safe to switch the location off to avoid a whole lots of danger.