Safety on online dating

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Get to know them first It can be a good idea to message and get to know a bit about each other before meeting up.

It can help to give you a sense of who they are – and whether you have things in common.

Dating services have been around for decades, but it's only been in the past 6 or 7 years that they've really taken off online.

Here are a few tips we've cobbled together that should help you safely navigate what is, for many, new online terrain.

Be Realistic Prince (or Princess) Charming may very well indeed be waiting for you online, but you should also set your expectations just a little bit lower. Don't believe that everyone who shows interest in you is worth your time.

And don't get disenchanted if your first date decides they don't want a second.

Take note of our Password Security tips to ensure you choose a good, well thought out password for your accounts.

The vast majority of people using dating services, are there with good, honest intentions. At the risk of sounding like a killjoy, it’s important to stop for a minute and make sure you’re aware of the pitfalls and risks.

Here is our advice, for using dating services, safely: One of the golden rules of online dating is don’t exchange personal information.

Staying Anonymous for Awhile Most online dating services use a double-blind system to allow members to exchange correspondence between each other.

This allows members to communicate, but without knowing each other's email addresses or other identifying personal information.

It's easy to believe they are rejecting you personally, but it's for the best.

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