Safety tips for internet dating sites

02-Nov-2015 16:14

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy.

When Rat Pack singers croon about "strangers in the night," it sounds so romantic.

Should I then, single woman, step away from the dating apps and sites? But the reality is that monsters exist everywhere and anywhere and so, if women want to online date we must keep our heads about us and make smart choices when meeting strangers for the possibility of true love.

Here are some tips to keep in mind after you've swiped right and decided to meet, face-to-face.

And despite enjoying a handful of dates, 24-year old Patricia B.

US News & World Report suggests being very careful with the personal information you share on other social sites.

Be wary of apps like Foursquare and Instagram that post your location.

No one needs to know where I am, 24/7, besides my daughter! Not every bad seed will show his evil or kinky stripes ahead of time though.

And to further bring the point home, it makes sense to check all your privacy settings on all your social media channels. Also be aware of narcissists — the kind of men who are so charming, gifting you excessively and fawning over you like you're a Barbie doll and not a human being.

And despite enjoying a handful of dates, 24-year old Patricia B.

US News & World Report suggests being very careful with the personal information you share on other social sites.

Be wary of apps like Foursquare and Instagram that post your location.

No one needs to know where I am, 24/7, besides my daughter! Not every bad seed will show his evil or kinky stripes ahead of time though.

And to further bring the point home, it makes sense to check all your privacy settings on all your social media channels. Also be aware of narcissists — the kind of men who are so charming, gifting you excessively and fawning over you like you're a Barbie doll and not a human being.

Maybe I'm a bit old-fashioned; I like to meet in person first and then see where things go, rather than communicating online, then meeting the person and seeing if they live up to expectations," However, he adds, "Online dating forces you to be more outgoing, and it is an easy way to potentially connect with a lot people, especially if one isn't in many social situations."I did Google religiously when vetting a cyber-date prospect, to try to find out as much as I could about him -- and thus assure myself that he was who he said he was.