Important Online Safety Tips
For people who have heard about the internet, or those who have had the chance to use internet services such as dating, purchasing goods and services etc, they are well aware of the possible dangers involved in this virtual world. Dating over the internet basically means meeting a stranger in a virtual world and interacting before meeting face to face. Note however that there are advantages and disadvantages of internet dating, but of utmost importance is one's safety. Here are some important online dating safety tips to ensure you remain safe in your quest for love.
First and foremost, you should always start each potential date with a lot of caution, and it is even advisable to take a step-by-step process of elevation. For starters, get a screen name (not your real name) in which potential mates will address you by it. Giving your real names should be the last thing to do when you have already known the other person well enough and are even planning for a face to face meeting.
The second internet dating safety tip that you need to observe is to create a separate email account that you will be using to communicate with potential mates. As is with the above tip, you should never disclose any personal information during the initial communications. In case the other party is pressing you hard enough for your personal information, you should as well end the relationship if not for anything else, because if they are putting too much pressure on you on such trivial matter already, the chances are quite high that you are likely to face more pressures after establishing a long-term relationship.
Thirdly, you should pay close attention to what your potential date is saying, registering any remarks or comments that they are making and which could be contradictory or suspicious. Never rush into meeting each other until both parties are comfortable and ready for the face-to-face meeting. Some tangible evidence is always good in order to establish a foundation of trust hence you should suggest an exchange of photos. Even though not many people are comfortable exchanging photos, perhaps because they are not confident with their looks and stuff, if your aim is to meet finally then you will see each other anyway so you better start preparing each other on what to expect.
Lastly, when it comes to meeting physically, ensure you meet in a public place where there are many people moving around. You shouldn't be too private on that first date meeting, say for a movie or a dinner at a restaurant. When all is said and done, it is your safety that should come first and anything that threatens it should be taken with lots of caution.