Staying safe on dating websites

For users, online dating is a way to meet new people and explore your interests that could lead you to find love on the Internet.What you need to remember though is that online dating websites are there to make money., following an increase in cases of sexual assault and fraud.

To keep this resource 100% free for users, we receive advertising compensation from the sites listed on this page.Whether through sign-up fees or advertisements, the commercial interests of those who own online dating websites may not always have the safety of users at heart.It’s important to have your wits about you and to choose your platform carefully as there may be nobody to police your activity but yourself.In fact, it is especially dangerous as it may make you feel that they know the real you (and that therefore you know the real them), and means that you lower your guard.So find out what information you can about them – through facebook (any mutual friends?), do a google search on them, and if you can, meet their friends in person and ask about them.ALWAYS report back to the dating site anyone that does something, or pushes you into something, against your will. You are not ‘making something out of nothing’, you have nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about, but your comments and feedback may be a piece of a jigsaw that helps to prevent future sexual assaults and rapes. Only do, go or agree to anything that you feel comfortable with.You have no security anchor – no friend who has introduced you, no employer or work colleagues who can vouch for them.Exchanging private text messages and emails does not count.What sort of safety precautions would you make them take? Treat yourself as you would your best friend – we often look after others much better than we look after ourselves.And advice for internet dating sites themselves: ask for feedback from your clients about people who seem too pushy (or worse).

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  1. Yes/No; While it is free to use, POF offers premium services as part of their upgraded membership, such as seeing the date and time a user viewed your profile and allowing you to see whether a user read and/or deleted your message.