When you start online dating, you have become a part of a large population of people who are seeking companionship.
It is one of the best ways to meet singles that are compatible with you.
However, it is also very important that you practice safe online dating.
These are 6 online dating safety tips that will help you.
Join A Reputable Dating Site
There are a lot of dating sites out there.
It can be easy to become overwhelmed.
Be sure to do your research first before picking out a dating site.
There are dating sites that are more reputable than others.
There are resources online that you can use to help you find out which dating sites are the most reputable.
Read reviews, do your research and pick a reputable dating site.
Do Not Use Your Personal Email Name As Your Username
Sometimes it can be a little difficult to invent a username when you join a dating site.
You may not want to spend too much time trying to come up with one so you use your personal email username minus the hosting company.
Their are some people that can easily figure this out.
At this point for them, it is merely a game of trial and error until they arrive at your email account.
Thankfully these people are in the minority, but simply avoid doing this to be on the safe side.
Report A Member That Harasses You To The Management Team
If you find yourself at the receiving end of continuous emails from someone that you are not interested in, that has to be reported to the dating site’s management team.
Don’t think that merely using the option to block any message from this member in your options category is sufficient.
This member can easily continue sending you messages simply by opening another account.
By reporting this member to the management team, they can track this member and shut them down.
Not to mention, doing this also helps to keep other valid members of the dating site safe.
Avoid Suspicious Dating Profiles
Every now and then, you may come across a dating profile that grabs your attention.
It may be that of a very attractive person posing in magazine style photographs.
Initially these may grab your attention but be sure to pay attention to these types of dating profiles.
Typically, if the person in the photo is very attractive with ONLY model style photos and then you read the dating profile and it is in broken language, filled with grammatical and spelling errors, there is a good chance that this is a scammer.
In cases like this, you have to use your intuition and not be tempted by the beauty of what you are seeing.
Upon reporting a suspicious dating profile, the dating site will remove that member’s suspicious profile effective immediately, in order to protect their members.
The old adage is important to remember here; “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.”
Do Not Respond To Spam Emails
If you receive a generic message from someone that doesn’t reference your dating profile specifically, but leaves you with one or two web addresses by which you can contact them, stay away.
Oftentimes if you attempt to go to these web addresses, they lead you to a suspect site that is instantly asking for your credit card information in order to gain access and communicate with this person.
This is a big No No!
Chat On The Dating Site
If you receive a request for a chat and that member is directing you to a different site, refuse the request.
You have to make sure that you maintain ALL forms of communication within the safe confines of the dating site until you are ready to change that.
Several dating sites come with chat rooms.
If you are interested in the member, tell them to meet you in the chat room within the dating site.
If they repeatedly say that it is better to use a chat room outside of the dating site, delete this member and block their emails.
Online dating is one of the best ways to meet singles or people just like yourself.
Many people have had great experiences doing it and so will you.
But using these safety tips will not only protect you but will also enable you to have a much better online dating experience.