For example, don’t use anything along the lines of “jane_tucson” or “mary_90210.” Of course, it can be difficult to tell whether someone is potentially dangerous or not.
Precautions when dating online
Maybe you’ve found yourself creating an Ok Cupid account or taking Tinder more seriously when you had originally got the app just for fun. After all, you never really know whom you’re talking to.
Read on for what to look out for and how to stay safe! You’ve been told to be careful with online dating, but do you know why?
“If the person starts asking you for personal details too soon, being pushy about where he or she wants to meet up, or seeming too good to be true, do your homework,” Stewart says.
“Do a Google image search to see if his or her profile is using pictures pulled from somewhere or someone other than him or herself.” This is the first step, but if you are going to meet up with this person, it’s sometimes a good idea to dig a little deeper (see tip number five).
Like with anything you do on the Internet, “there is risk of identity theft, financial fraud, trolling/internet stalking, catfishing and general safety issues when meeting someone you don't know,” says Gina Stewart, an online dating expert.