For online daters, the line between public and private is a blurred one and, for most, is carefully navigated.But the NSA situation is a striking reminder that "better safe than sorry" applies in a big way when it comes to sharing private information online.
When Rat Pack singers croon about "strangers in the night," it sounds so romantic.
But in the online dating world, meeting strangers can be scary and poses a whole host of challenges, among them money scams and identity theft.
Here are a few safety tips you should know before you go looking for love online, with some reassurances from seasoned "virtual" daters. Wait until you actually meet the person and build up a level of trust before you share your address, phone number or real email address.
(You typically use an encrypted email on these sites.) Stay local.
To this end, My AKA has partnered with Break The Cycle, a nonprofit that works to end teen dating violence and abuse."Together, we're working to educate tomorrow's online daters," Skorick says.
Morton agrees that it's on the individual to make sure their online dating experience is safe.
As soon as someone knows your full name and the city you live in, all it takes is a quick search on a site like White Pages or People Finder to unearth your home address.
Better to use an alternate e-mail address— and obviously one that doesn't contain your full name —until you feel 100% comfortable sharing more details with an online match.2. Think about it: Even if someone doesn't know your full name, there are sites that offer heaps of personal information based only on a phone number.
Keeping personal information private is a hot topic these days, thanks in part to Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency.
People around the globe are, no doubt, rethinking what it means to share, store and send private information online.
Despite the online dating advice and safety tips that most dating sites list out—such as never giving out financial information and always meeting a first date in a public place—there are some next-level actions that everyone looking for love online should follow.1.