Among independent sites, Stewart cites Hinge, Coffee Meets Bagel, How About We, e Harmony, Zoosk and Plenty Of Fish as being “large enough to have good policies in place.” Although these larger websites don’t necessarily have more trustworthy users, you can at least rely on the sites to keep your information safe.
“Any time you're giving out personal information or credit card information, you want to be able to trust the site/company,” Stewart says.
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.
Read on for what to look out for and how to stay safe! You’ve been told to be careful with online dating, but do you know why?
Like with anything you do on the Internet, “there is risk of identity theft, financial fraud, trolling/internet stalking, catfishing and general safety issues when meeting someone you don't know,” says Gina Stewart, an online dating expert.
Never send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you don't know and trust.
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.
A lot of people take their time getting to really get to know a prospective partner before beginning a romantic relationship.
For others, it can happen much quicker than that, but be wary of people on dating sites who say they are “in love” after just a few days of chatting.