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Online Dating Advice: Security Comes First!

December 25, 2014
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A lot of people look for love online these days. We won’t discuss whether it is a good or a bad thing; it is just the way it is. Someone is very serious about it and registers for all the big dating sites, someone looks for some fun going through Tinder and similar sites and someone just flirts around in social networks.

Whatever your choices are, you should always remember about security. There are too many dangers on the internet and looking for love there can also lead to unpredictable consequences. The following tips will help you be more protected when dating online.

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Be careful with whose friend request you accept

This mostly concerns social networks. The situation these days is that you do not have to know a person to be their friend on Facebook, Twitter or other platforms. People just add strangers that seem cute and trustful. Don’t be afraid to seem rude if you don’t accept someone’s request; it just means that you are careful and think about your security.

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Always Google the person you are dating

As researches show, 81 percent of people lie on their dating profiles. Most dating sites do not check the information of their users so they can write whatever they want there. Even if the picture is real and all the information is true to life, you never know what details this person did not include into this profile. You can communicate with online predator, swindler, or a person with a lengthy rap sheet. Of course, Googling does not always give you all the information about a person, but you can at least find something.

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Don’t overshare

Posting personal information is a common thing for dating websites. However, never post important private details such as home address, phone numbers, work details, etc. Even posting your birth date is not always secure, especially if you use those numbers elsewhere (many people use them in their passwords).

Try to go only with general details. Write about your character, appearance, etc. Don’t go beyond that.

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Keep your gadgets protected

When you start dating someone you met online, be cautious with your devices. Put passwords on all of your gadgets and make those passwords complicated enough (your pet’s name won’t do!). Also, try not to log in to your dating or any other profiles from public computers or your new date’s computer.

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Get someone else’s opinion

Before going out with someone you met online, you should ask someone what they think of his or her profile. Ask your friends and relatives; or, if you are very serious about it, you can search for an online security specialist; they can distinguish a real person profile from a fake one. Anyway, an unbiased look won’t hurt. Maybe your friend will notice something you don’t.

Online dating is a normal thing today; many people do it. Remembering about security is a must, though. No matter how great this person seems, always do some check ups before meeting in real life.

Do you date online? What security measures do you take?

Rachel Fowlers
Rachel Flowers is a journalist with a big passion for technologies. She has recently graduated from San Francisco State University and sees herself as a freelance writer. She enjoys blogging about computer and mobile technologies as well as different software. In her free time, she learns coding and foreign languages. Contact .

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