Facebook’s mandatory timeline switch has many people concerned about their online privacy, especially those who date online. If you’re concerned about your friends, family and co-workers finding out private information about your life on any social media site, here are a few tips to protect yourself:
Set Your Privacy Filters
Whether you’re new to online dating or you’re a pro, not every one wants the world to know their trying to find love on the Internet. Imagine your Aunt Mildred finding out that you date cougars — or worse yet, your supervisor who’s in charge of approving your pending promotion. Don’t worry, you don’t have to become the next victim of complete embarrassment.
When it comes to separating your private online dating life from your ‘regular’ social media life, it’s important that you keep your privacy settings in check. This will allow you to specify exactly what information is visible to your online friends.
Another way to protect your privacy is by signing up with a pseudonym and use a profile photo with a headless torso. However, this may only work to a certain extent. The problem with this popular online dating profile technique is that if you’re trying to attract a certain type of online dates, it could hinder you from finding the perfect match.
If you’re concerned about your online safety, stay anonymous – at least until you feel safe to explore another option. The good thing about online dating is that you can now protect your identity by hiding it until you decide to reveal it.
Using Online Dating Apps Responsibly
More and more people are using online dating apps to connect with their potential dates. If you don’t want to reveal your private information, you must conceal your personal life as much as humanly possible. Many apps in the market today offer many private feature settings such as restricting profile info such as your location, age, gender and name. For instance, if you feel a little nervous about revealing your location to an online friend, it is highly suggested that you stop announcing your location.
Don’t be afraid to block users who are abusive. For example, you can block spammers, users who send offensive or harassing emails. You can even report abusive users if their behavior goes overboard.
Lastly, when you decide to meet your online date in person, make sure you tell a family member or friend you trust. Avoid meeting at a hotel room or private home until the person has gained your trust.