Safety of internet dating

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Many dating sites now have companion apps available for your smartphone that augment or duplicate the functionality of their websites.

“Use reputable dating sites that offer the ability to email prospective dates using a service that conceals both parties’ true email addresses,” Neate says.

Stewart recommends Match.com, Ok Cupid, Tinder, JDate and Christian Mingle, which are all owned by reputable, large companies.

It seems like a difficult balancing act, too much information being shared might help someone steal your identity, while too little might make you an unappealing dating prospect.

Let's look at some online dating security and safety tips: The online dating site you use will likely have some built-in security features that you can choose to take advantage of.

You can't see this location in the picture itself, but there are applications that can read and display this metadata for other people to see.“All of these things can be used to track and identify you and even your whereabouts.” Phone numbers are also a big no-no until you feel comfortable enough to meet up with someone. “Pick a username that does not include any personal information,” Neate says.For example, don’t use anything along the lines of “jane_tucson” or “mary_90210.” Of course, it can be difficult to tell whether someone is potentially dangerous or not.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.To learn more about how to obtain a Google Voice number and how you can use it to protect your identity, Check out our article: How to Use Google Voice as a Privacy Firewall.

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