Top online dating safety tips

Jun 4, 2012 12:32:02Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

Top online dating safety tips

Online dating is the perfect way to meet that special someone, especially in a world where many have put romance on the backburner to focus on their careers. Millions of people across the country have set up their profiles, and many of them have found the love of their lives. Even though some are successful, it is important to take certain measures to ensure safety. According to Online Dating Magazine, being safe can be as simple as educating oneself about improving the experience as well as practicing a little caution.

First instincts may be right

The expression "go with your gut" is imperative when it comes to online dating. There are a number of things a person looks for when they start scanning a profile and starting a relationship. At any point during this time, if a person feels like something doesn't add up, they should start to back away and end the relationship, according to the news source.

Cell phone, email protection tips

It is important people do not give up too much personal information early on in the process. For instance, when giving out an email address, the individual may want to make a second email account just for this purpose. A full name, home phone number and email can give some people a way to hack into additional personal information including a person's home address, income information and possibly the value of their home.

When it comes to a phone conversation, the individual should not give out a home number - and in some cases, not even their cell phone number before they've met their potential partner. Purchasing an additional phone number, which does not involve buying an extra phone, may be beneficial. According to, looking out for suspicious behavior during a phone call is also imperative. If the person on the other end is talking in a hushed voice or quickly ends the call, it is usually a sign the person may have something to hide.

Meet at a public place for the first time

The first date with an online prospect can be an exciting time, as they will finally get to meet the person they have been speaking with face-to-face. It is important for individuals to meet in a public place for the first time, and to not accept an offer to be picked up at their house. In addition, the individual should let a friend know where they are and who they are with.