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4 Key Safety Rules to Date Online

According to CBC, over 40 million visitors date online in the US and 7 million in Canada.

Although these numbers may seem staggering, there are millions of other still who are hesitant to date online. Why is this? What are the real risks of online dating? How can you keep yourself safe on and offline?

Never Reveal Any Personal Information

The first, and one of the most important rules is to never reveal any personal information, especially on a public profile where anyone with the internet can access it. Personal information of this nature includes real names, addresses, phone numbers, and any other sensitive information, especially banking or financial information. Contact information, like phone numbers and addresses should only be given to people once a certain level of trust and regular communication has been established. To date online safely, protect sensitive personal information that others can use to get access to money, personal files, and so on, and this will help protect your finances, and personal safety.

Meet in a Public Place

Meeting people from online dating sites face to face is also often perceived as quite risky. While there certainly are risks involved with meeting new people, certain safety precautions can, and should, be taken. For example, always meet in a public place, and keep a cell phone with you at all times.

Let a Friend Know

Tell a friend where you’re going, and who with. It’s also a good idea to designate a check in time, where you’ll call a friend to tell them where you are and how things are going, and let them know you’re safe.

Make Sure People Are Who They Say They Are

It’s not unknown for people to add pictures to their profiles that are 10 years old or even of someone other then themselves. Scammers for instance use this trick to avoid being identified.

The good news is that the best dating sites have inbuilt security designed to keep scammers and spammers out thus ensuring you can date online knowing that the likelihood of meeting such people is slim.

In addition the best sites have video chat which is a great way to get to know someone as well as ensuring they are who they say they are so joining a dating site with these features will go a long way to keeping you safe when you date online.

Many people who stay away from dating online do so because of the perceived risks of meeting strangers over the internet. Though there certainly are risks to online dating, proper safety precautions and awareness of risks and strategies can help minimize these risks and make dating online a safe and enjoyable experience.


Derek Collinson is a Business Consultant and Internet Entrepreneur and the founder of four of the most popular dating sites on the internet. The first site Derek founded was, the first dating site in the world for people who love dogs and want to share their lives with like minded people. The second was for people who are only interested in one thing – finding their soul mate and the third was for people 40 and over who want to share their lives with people from the same era. Recently Derek created a new dating site called for people 50 and over. Derek is a lifelong animal lover and vegetarian as well as being a qualified Reiki practitioner and uses Reiki to heal both people and all creatures great and small. He spent three years using dating sites as a way of finding his soul mate and during that time gained invaluable knowledge of online dating through his experiences of meeting people online and offline as well as from running his three dating sites. Derek’s confidence in online dating was rewarded when seven years ago he met his partner on his own dating site for dog lovers – He created in March, 2013  to provide dating and relationship advice from qualified people to enable others to find love and build fulfilling relationships built on mutual respect, understanding and nurture.

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