Online Dating: Safety First

Online dating can be great, but only if you follow safety precautions.

Online dating can be fun. But don’t neglect safety and common sense in your search for love. Always proceed with caution.

Protect Your Computer

An area of online dating safety that often gets overlooked is to protect your computer. Take care of your equipment and systems before you head out into the Internet realm, some sites are simply not safe and spammers are abundant in online dating. You should  have a firewall and anti-virus protection for your email and for when you search websites and interact online. At the bare minimum, you may want these two solutions that are offered at no charge to home computer users:

Free Firewall Download: ZoneAlarm

Free Anti-Virus Download: AVG Anti-Virus

Protect Yourself

Take care of yourself, too, by choosing appropriate dating sites. Seek and choose a reputable online dating service.  How? Begin by asking around with friends, neighbors, co-workers and others you may know who have tried online dating, and see which places they recommend. In addition, search “online dating services” and keep a notebook of their URLs or website links, the fees, rules and regulations, complete contact information of each and any other useful information that spikes your interest. Then compare each place.  Try only those places where you feel safe. Avoid the others.

Alex Greenberg of online dating service PriceDate.com said, “You should feel safe with whatever dating platform you choose. If you feel uncomfortable, that should be a sign that something is wrong.”

Once you set up a date, it’s a good rule of thumb to meet in a public place and not giveaway too much personal information at first.

If a potential date asks for money or for you to wire he or she something, that should also be a surefire reason to run!

So take care. Arm your computer — and yourself — with the correct tools and knowledge to have a safe and fun dating life.