5 safety tips for online dating

If you’re going to be connecting online this Valentine’s Day (or ever), follow these safety and privacy tips.

  1. Avoid catfishing. This is a type of social engineering designed to entice you into a relationship in order to steal your personal information, your money, or both. Always remember that people on the other end of online conversations might not be who they say they are. Treat all email and social networking messages with caution when they come from someone you don’t know.
  2.  Use online dating websites you trust. Knowing when to trust a website depends in part on who publishes it, what information they want, and what you want from the site. Before you sign up on a site, read the privacy policy. Can’t find it? Find another site. For more information, see How do I know if I can trust a website?
  3.  Be careful with the information you post on online. Before you put anything on a social networking site, personal website, or dating profile, think about what you are posting, who you are sharing it with, and how this will reflect on your online reputation. For more information, watch this video about the dangers of oversharing.
  4.  Be smart about details in photographs. Photographs can reveal a lot of personal information, including identifiable details such as street signs, house numbers, or your car’s license plate. Photographs can also reveal location information. For more information, see Use location services more safely.
  5.  Block and report suspicious people. Use the tools in your email, social networking program, or dating website to block and report unwanted contact. Read this if you think you might already be a victim of a scam.
About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    My DISC and CPU monitor shows 100% usage when I am not processing air anything but playing solitaire or other low usage items. I suspect there is a monitor harbored in my machine that downloads to an offsite computer. I have frequently updated/scanned for malware with no negative results. What can I do to assess what this aberrance is please? Any suggestions on what it may be and how I might remove what I believe to be spyware/malware? I am frequently noticing this unsettling condition. Thank You

  2. Anonymous

    At asecurelife.com we're all about safety. These are some great tips. It's important to remember not to share too much information with someone too quickly. Personal information like where you live, your place of work, and bank information are things that don't need to be shared immediately. In fact I would even suggest that your last name doesn't need to be shared until you feel that you truly know the person you are talking to.

  3. Anonymous

    Thanks for the info! Online dating is really popular nowadays plus, the good news is… it's for everyone. Because Love knows no bound and it doesn't define what's right or wrong. What it sees is the truth no matter how looks like to others. It really feels good to know that there are now many emerging and even becoming more Online Dating websites through the net. It helps people find their loved ones in a more convenient and comfortable way. And I would testify to that. But catch is… you have to choose carefully. So, make sure to choose the most Recommended and Legit dating site.  Good luck and  cheers to all for a better love life.!

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