Swipe left, swipe right, match! Online dating is gaining in popularity. Almost everyone has heard of apps like Tinder or Badoo. Dating brings a lot of positive emotions, but it’s important to keep your safety in mind. We have prepared 10 online dating safety tips for you so that you feel relaxed when meeting a stranger.
Do a research
It is worth starting with just googling the person. Find his/her social networks. This will help you get a first idea of the individual. So you will see photos of a person, or maybe even find a couple of interesting topics for conversation.
Do not use your phone number
You can give your Google Voice number to feel completely safe. With this application, you can check your calls, voicemail, and messages without using your real phone number. For safety reasons, it is worth saving your number only to relatives and friends.
Arrange a video call before meeting offline
FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Skype and even Facebook Video Calls will allow you to do this in an instant. It will help to reduce the risk of someone pretending to be another person.
Talk on the phone
A telephone conversation allows you to hear the voice of another person and his/her intonation, which are elusive during messaging. This will help prepare for the first meeting, and you will be less nervous.
Use your car or public transport
Do not get into a car with a stranger. Also, do not allow the person you date to walk you home and discover your address. This reduces the risk of being in an uncomfortable or even dangerous situation because you will control where you are.
Make an appointment in a public place
During your first dates, avoid meeting in private places. In case something goes wrong, there will be many people around who can help. If you go to a bar or restaurant, you can agree with the waiter or bartender about the sign if something goes wrong. Some bars have secret codes, for example, ‘Angel Shot’, which guests can use to notify an employee that something is wrong.
Tell someone where you are going
When setting out on a date, tell your parents or friends who you are going to and with whom, when you plan to return, and other details that you consider important.
Be careful when talking to strangers. Do not share personal information that you can use against you on your first date. After you get to know each other better, then you can tell more.
Hopefully, you never have to use it, but keep it with you for added security. Also, make sure you know how to use it before putting it in your pocket.
When agreeing to meet with a guy/girl from the Internet, remember about your safety and do not get drunk to unconsciousness.
Remember that the first thing to worry about is your safety. We hope that our advice will help you improve online dating safety.