Take Your Time - Sometimes when you're excited about someone, your instincts can be confused by strong feelings.
The Risks Privacy Maintain privacy and avoid identity theft or fraud.
Preventing Identity Theft Your identity is precious. Viruses & Spyware A basic understanding of computer viruses and spyware.
Stop all contact immediately and report the matter to the dating site.
Report Unacceptable or Suspicious Behaviour - Nobody should have to put up with offensive, insulting and threatening behaviour online any more than they should or would if talking to someone in a bar or café. Don’t feel bad about cutting a date short if you’re not keen.
The vast majority of people using dating sites are sincere and honest in the information they provide and in their reasons for joining.
However, there are exceptions, and you need to be aware of how to keep yourself - and your bank account and savings - protected while meeting people online.
Creating your online dating profile: protect your identity and personal information Be Anonymous - Choose a username that doesn’t let everyone know who you are.
Don't include your surname or any other identifying information such as your place of work either in your profile or when you first make contact.
You don’t need to give out your life-story the first time you chat – and you shouldn’t.
There will be plenty of time to share such details if your relationship develops.
Be Responsible and do your own Research - There is a limit to an online dating provider’s ability to check the backgrounds of users and verify the information they provide.