Online dating can be a magical thing. You have an entire sea of singles literally at your fingertips. You can talk to beautiful men and women in your neighborhood, many of whom wouldn’t know you existed if it wasn’t for your chosen online dating service.

However, you need to be very careful when using any of these sites. In fact, you should be cautious whenever you use the internet. You don’t want to ruin your fun experience because you didn’t take the proper precautions.

If you want to learn five of the best technical security tips so you can continue to enjoy online dating to the max, continue reading our latest informative article below.

Google the profile picture

If you are looking for a girlfriend online on a dating website, you should run their name and profile pictures through Google. This is one of the best ways to see if she is a genuine person and not some scam artist looking to take your money. A quick reverse image search will tell you all the places a particular photograph has been used online. This will tell if the photo has been stolen or is being used by multiple profiles across a number of dating sites – all belonging to different people.

Never link your dating profile with your social media accounts

There has been a huge surge in websites allowing you to log in via your Facebook profile rather than create an account manually. While this may seem like a great timesaver, we do not recommend doing this with your dating profile. You want to keep your account as secure as possible on these sites. Some apps give you the option to connect your Instagram with your profile. While this may prove that you are a genuine human being looking for fun, it also leaves your personal life open to people who may not be trustworthy.

Check the dating site privacy policies

Before you sign up to any dating site, take some time to get to know the privacy policy and ensure your sensitive information is not going to be sold to third parties. We would suggest searching for your preferred dating site on Google and seeing if there are news stories concerning data leaks and customer protection malpractices. It is important to know exactly what these dating sites will be doing with your personal information.

Never use the same password twice

One of the most important things to remember with dating sites (and any other site for that matter) is that you should never use the same password twice. In fact, you should probably think twice about using the same username as well. This stops people from being able to recognize you on other sites. It also means that if your password is compromised, the hacker can only get into one account rather than every other account you own.

Tell somebody where you are going on your first date

This one should go without saying.

If you are meeting a new person from a dating site, make sure you tell somebody you trust where you are going. You should also let them know when you get home or give them a message to let them if you are going somewhere else. This way, if something goes wrong, somebody will know where to find you.

Final thoughts

These are just some of the ways you can stay safe while online dating. If you take proper precautions, you may just find your next romance. But don’t compromise your safety in order to try and find it.