Use Tinder? Here are 5 Tips for Safe Online Dating
The mutilation case in Kalibata City is in the public spotlight. The victim and perpetrator are known to have met on Tinder. This case obviously makes dating apps cringe, but keep in mind that everything has pros and cons.
Apart from this case, detikINET has summarized a number of things you can do when looking for a boyfriend on dating sites, quoted from Safewise, Friday (17/9/2020).
Safe online dating tips:
1. Use a trusted dating application
There are more and more dating sites. But be careful, there are also sites that contain scams on them. Because it is very important as a basis for choosing a trusted site from the start.
You can choose large and reputable sites like Tinder, JDate, Christian Mingle, OkCupid, and Match.com to protect your personal information. Most of these safe online dating services require a membership fee, so choose wisely.
2. Don't be too detailed
"There is a difference between cyber savvy and cyber secure," said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance.
Therefore it is mandatory for you to know what you can share and what you cannot. Any crucial number (date of birth for example) will most likely come up with your name via a detailed internet search. They may find an office location on LinkedIn, an address tagged in an Instagram post, or a phone number linked to multiple sites.
In essence, never post any identifying details on your profile including your address, phone number or personal email. Set security settings to the maximum level on all social media accounts and never allow apps to upload your presence.
3. Check check check!
It is important to verify that what your date is saying, by checking where else the profile photo or what he has shared with you is uploaded. Maybe their dating profile picture is the same as their Twitter profile picture. From here you can get to know the person a little bit because most people tend to be less filtered on social media sites like Twitter.
You can find some unpleasant personality cues from here. Besides that, you can also find out whether they are using fake photos of models / celebrities or not.
4. Play smart
Don't meet someone for the first time in a place that is too easy to get to, such as your home or work.
Just in case, tell a friend or someone at home that you will meet X at this location and will come home at that time. This can be a great help if something untoward happens on your date.
5. Feel free to 'report' someone
A reputable dating site will encourage users to report any activity that is uncomfortable. These sites do not tolerate aggressive or illegal behavior. Most dating sites include an option to block individual users if the interaction makes you feel uncomfortable.
If someone harasses or blackmails you, immediately contact the dating site's customer service and report it to the authorities if necessary.