Internet dating can be fun. But while establishing internet dating relationships, you can only ignore safety and common sense at your peril. Always keep in mind that you are dealing with strangers and at minimum, take caution in the following areas.
Protect Your Computer
Your personal safety comes first. But when dating online, there is a chance of someone grabbing you by the neck through your computer. How?
Well, spy-ware, Trojan horses and other malicious software can (and do) sneak into your computer without your knowledge. Before long, some stranger knows more about you and your internet surfing habits than you would dare to think.
Not only that but, your computer could experience a system crash or start acting funny (and not in a humorous way).
Taking care of your equipment and systems should therefore be the first step towards your safety while establishing internet dating relationships.
At the bare minimum, you need two forms of protective software:
1. A Firewall: Helps keep destructive or malicious wares from entering your system or network
2. Anti-Virus: Helps to stop and/or clean computer viruses
The next step in safety in establishing internet dating relationships is your personal safety. Always keep in mind that you are dealing with strangers. So, how do you protect yourself?
Begin by choosing appropriate dating sites. Seek and choose a reputable dating service. How?
You could start by asking around with friends, relatives, co-workers and others you may know who have tried internet dating for recommendations. But, be aware that dating sites tend to be tailored to meet specific needs, and what may be right for your friend may not necessarily be so for you.
Alternatively, you could do your own research. Do a search for “internet dating services”, or “online dating services” with your favorite search engine. And do take notes.
Among the things to look for are addresses 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 site. This might turn end up being tedious and time-consuming work.
An easier way around this is to read objective dating site reviews on the internet. These will give you, at least, an overview of what to expect.
When researching dating sites you will be tempted with offers for free services. Don’t. Why?
You see, there is a price to pay, even for free services. For one, you will likely be bombarded with advertisements and pop-up windows. The second, reason is the very subject of this article: safety.
If a site is not charging for services, it is like that they may be selling information to other sites. Also, its membership may not be of the best quality. What type of person would not part with a small fee for the sake of establishing quality internet dating relationships?
A person who is ready to part with a small fee to find a date is already proving commitment. Better still, she/he can be tracked and therefore less likely to be twisted.
Your success in internet dating relationships should be taken seriously- while still having fun- and should never be left to chance. Neither should your personal safety.