There is no reason to be afraid of online dating, as most of the people you’ll encounter online are just like you trying to find company.
Frequent checks for scammers and fake profiles as well as easy-to-report features are making the online dating scene safer than ever.
As Davis put it, "Once someone has your full name, what will they find?
Based on what comes up, you may want to wait a date or two." She's not wrong, either.
I thought about it this time last year, but all I managed to do was repeatedly download and then delete the Tinder and OKCupid apps on my phone — usually while I was sitting on the toilet.
I know this makes me sound like a giant weirdo, but I’m literally scared of Tinder — even though staying safe while dating online is completely doable if you make sure to follow experts' online dating safety tips.
If you become uncomfortable with the conversation you can always opt for blocking the other person.
You can also report users who are being abusive or giving you cause for concern.• Choose a public space for your first date When you are ready to take things to the next level make plans to meet in public spaces and do not accept lifts.
MSF attaches a great deal of technical importance on further improving these processes as it recognises how important online safety and security measures are to members.”But the best way to be safe from a scam is to not send any money to anyone you don’t know, no matter long you’ve been talking online.“If you are asked for money, something is wrong.You can let a friend know when you are out on a date and keep them updated of your whereabouts.• Trust your gut Above all, trust your intuition and do not be afraid of coming across as rude.If you feel something is wrong and want to leave the date, or change your mind at the last minute, it is ok to do so.Iversen says: “The cardinal rule of online (and offline) dating is really quite simple - listen to your inner voice.I spoke with online dating expert Laurie Davis to find out more.As an award-winning dating coach and the founder and CEO of e Flirt, a beautiful website created to “help singles navigate the intersection of romance and technology to attract an ideal match,” Davis probably knows better than anyone how to protect yourself when dating online.But the safest way to be online is to apply some common sense to your encounters.Here are some useful safety tips ahead of your dating adventure: • Do not give away personal information Avoid telling the other person last names, where you work or how much you make.Switching messaging platforms would also mean giving away some personal information such as a phone number, email address or social media.• Never send money to anyone There is a vast network of scammers who work dating websites with the aim of stealing people’s money.However dating websites are aware of such scams and actively work to keep them away from their platforms.