Many people use online matching services or dating applications. If you choose to use a dating app it is upon you to decide if you want to meet someone. Here are some tips you may take to increase your safety when connecting with potential partners through online dating services and apps.

When Interacting Online

1. Use Diverse Pictures for Your Profile

Conducting a reverse photo search is easy with Google. In case your dating profile contains an image that also appears on your Facebook or Instagram account, people will easily find you on social networks.

2. Do Not Connect With Suspicious Profiles

In case the individual you linked with does not have bio accounts, social network accounts, and has a post of one photo, it could be a pseudo account. It is important to exercise caution when choosing to interact with someone about whom you have so little information.

You can also report and block a suspicious profile. Believe your instincts if you feel that somebody is truly or falsely representing themselves.

3. Do Not Share Private Information

Never share your personal information with somebody you have not met in person, including social security no., bank details, credit card particulars, or address.

4. Do Not Retort To Requests for Monetary Support

Despite how compelling a person’s reason may look, never retort to a money transfer request, especially abroad or by bank transfer. If you receive such requests, report it immediately to the application or site you are using.

When Having a Personal Meeting

5. Before Meeting Ensure You Video Chat

Video chat might be a great way to ensure that your partner is who they say they are on their profile. In case they oppose a video call, it might be an indication of suspicious activity.

 6. Tell an Acquaintance Where You Are Going

Send a screenshot of the date’s profile to a friend. Also, inform them when and where you will go on your date. 

7. Meet in an Open Place

Avoid meeting with people whom you do not discern well in your apartment, home, or workplace. You can make yourself and your date more comfortable in a café, bar, or restaurant with many other people around you.

8. Have Your Transport Means

You must have control over your transportation. Hence, you may leave when you feel like it. This will also assist you on an occasion where you do not trust your date.

9. Believe Your Instincts

In case you are uncomfortable, believe your instincts and do not hesitate to leave a date or end the communication with the person who makes you feel insecure. Don’t worry about being rude, your well-being is the most significant thing and your date must understand that.

In case you felt uncomfortable or insecure during the date, remember that you can always block, unmatch, or report your date after a face-to-face meeting, which will prevent them from accessing your profile someday.

Zoe Kickhefer