The Ashley Madison hack triggered a wave of fear and dread throughout the world and brought many careers and marriages to an end. Such hacks are very common and studies have shown that one in ten members of online dating sites is a scammer. This may make you feel very threatened but you need to know that every website runs the risk of getting hacked. You may not be sure about what type of security protocols an online dating website is using but there are steps you can take to make sure you are safe. Here are a few tips that you should try out when dating online:
2. Use A Third-Party Anonymous Email
You can use an anonymous email to communicate with people you really want to meet online. Dating websites usually have features that allow you to chat with people you want to know. You can use the anonymous email when you want to take your conversation away from the dating website. You can also use a third-party email when you are signing up on a dating site just in case. That will make it harder for hackers to use it to get information about you on other sites.
3. Password Protection
You need to use a strong password when signing up-1234 will not do. Do not use your name or anything about you that anyone can easily guess just by looking at your profile. A good password should be 8 characters long and it should include a mix of numbers and symbols. Also take pictures that you will use specifically for your online dating profile. A picture you used on Facebook or Twitter will make it easy to find your social media account and make it easy for a hacker to guess your password by just reading your information on those sites.
4. Do Not Give Personal Information Online
Your personal information is just that; personal and for your eyes only. There are two types of information that you provide to dating sites. They include your registration, sign up information and your profile or site activity. Your profile activity includes the people you search for and so on. Generally, you do not have to worry much about the information you provide during registration because it is usually fairly safe. Think twice about the pictures you share online, the quizzes you take, and do not send money to any person you find online.
5. How Does the Site Charge You?
Not all dating sites are free and free sites usually don’t provide the experience most people are looking for. That is why many people tend to go to paying dating sites because they believe they will get better services there. Be careful about sites that use deceptive billing methods that may require you to share very personal financial information. Also cancel your account before you leave a dating site to ensure that they do not continue charging you after you stop using their site.
You can do your own research online and read reviews about different dating sites before you register on any site.