Safety Precautions for Location-Based Dating Apps

Sep 25, 2012 15:36:12Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

Safety Precautions for Location-Based Dating Apps

For a long time, online dating was strictly a computer-based game, but as matchmaking businesses expand their services to encompass mobile devices, the world of internet-based romance is changing. Many dating apps allow users to check in to various locations to alert local singles of their whereabouts. On one hand, this can be a great way to get offline and meet your potential matches in the real world, but this also presents dangers to your personal and mobile security.

According to CNN, checking in on social networks like Twitter and FourSquare exposes more information about your whereabouts than you may realize, especially if you are posting pictures. You don't always have control over who sees the content you post, so you should protect your mobile privacy when using location-based services to meet new people. Here are a few guidelines you can follow to stay safe in your pursuit of love.

1. Don't share too much
It can be tempting to check in everywhere you go, since this can potentially increase your chances of finding love. However, you should limit yourself and only check in at public places such as bars and concert halls. You don't need every local online dater knowing you went to the bank and the grocery store, as this can actually put you in a dangerous position if that information falls into the wrong hands.

2. Tell someone where you're going
If you are heading out to look for love, you should always tell someone close to you what your plans are, especially if you are planning to meet one or many potential dates. You can also bring a friend with you, so you have someone to help you get out of awkward or uncomfortable situations. According to Anderson Cooper's website, there are apps that allow you to check in privately when out on a date, so your friends and family know you're OK.

3. Set up a few safeguards
Even if you meet your soulmate in person through an online dating service, you should still take precautions to protect yourself. You can use an additional phone number, which acts just like a regular number and will even have your local area code. This way, if your date takes a wrong turn, you don't have to worry about your mobile security. The number is not attached to your personal information and you have the ability to block calls if necessary.