How To Keep Yourself Safe When Online Dating

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – If you’re without a significant other this holiday season, you might turn to dating apps. But with modern technology, how do you keep yourself safe while trying to meet your match? Ashley Caldwell, CEO, and Founder of ‘The Modern Connection’ said, it’s all about being technologically intelligent. 

“The first do is to select a unique username when you’re setting up your dating profiles that is not used anywhere else on the web to identify yourself,” said Caldwell.

The second would be using a unique profile image and different photos that are not used on your Facebook or LinkedIn account so that no one will be able to identify who you are from those photos.  

And, before giving out your real phone number to a person you met online, you should use a Google voice number when sending out information.

“And then you also want to make sure you are aware of that particular app’s GPS settings,” Caldwell said. “Because a lot of these apps are location based.”

This is especially important because if you share that you’re hanging out at home, you’re giving that person the ability to track where you live, what neighborhood you live in, and the potential to find your location very quickly. 

Caldwell advised doing some research on your date – before your date – so that when the time comes you know exactly who it is you’re meeting with. 

However, if that person has also taken these steps to protect themselves on the internet, there are still other ways to keep yourself protected. 

“Meet in a public place, tell somebody where you’re going,” Caldwell said. “Maybe go with a group of friends, really just protect yourself so that you’re not alone one-on-one with this person.”

So, more importantly, they still don’t know a whole lot about you; where you live or where you work. After all, the ultimate goal is keeping yourself safe.

Some warning signs for when it comes to online dating include obsessive messaging, as well as messages at odd hours. These are key things to look out for before continuing to pursue someone online. 

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