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Internet security

As soon as you are familiar with online dating, you will wonder why you never tried it before! Nothing is more exciting than meeting new people who may have completely different backgrounds that you would never meet in everyday life. With such a large range of sites on offer, one of them is definitely right for you!

However, there are a few things that you should be aware of before you take advantage of the fantastic new opportunities. When you meet someone new online, you can easily forget to take basic safety precautions.

We don't want to give you the wrong impression. Dating sites aren’t populated entirely by perverts and serial killers, but better safe than sorry. Simply remember these simple rules:

First and foremost, never – NEVER – give money to anyone you don't know! That’s the golden rule when it comes to online dating, and must be followed under all circumstances. Someone that you have just met on the internet might tell you a heartbreaking story about their financial difficulties and how desperate they are. Understandably, you may feel that you have already established a connection with this person, so it might be tempting… but no matter how convincing the story is, hang on to your money! Unfortunately, it is well-known that con artists take advantage of online dating platforms. These people tell complex, plausible stories about imaginary diseases or deaths in the family, or other dramatic tales - the emphasis here is on the word "tales". If you feel seriously inclined to give someone money, discuss the matter with a friend, a relation or a lawyer, to get a more objective view of the situation.

Always be cautious when you meet someone for the first time! If you feel attracted to someone, it is perfectly normal to be excited. Your heart beats faster every time they send you a message, and you are already imagining the perfect date, perhaps even more… but the plain truth is that you don't really know them, so you should always be cautious about meeting them. Tell a good friend or relation what you are intending to do, and give them your date’s name, phone number and e-mail address. (If they don’t want to give you their phone number or e-mail address, this is definitely a warning signal!) The most important thing is to meet in a public place. Always ensure that you can break off the date and leave of your own accord if anything goes wrong.

Don’t worry too much if you are a bit nervous at the beginning! Most of the people that you will get to know through a dating site are just lonely people, but there is always the possibility that someone wants to exploit you. If you follow these simple rules, your search for true love will be much more pleasant.