If you have been keen to enter the world of online dating then you might have been put off by horror stories, from the person not looking like their photo to more disastrous dates. Here are some tips for staying safe when it comes to online dating.
Use a niche dating website
There are dating websites available for every niche and fetish, including uniform dating and mistress dating. By choosing a website that caters to your fetishes or interests then you know that you are likely to meet someone who is on the same page as you. This helps to alleviate some of the unknown when it comes to meeting someone from a dating website.
Run a reverse image search
One of the most common ways for someone to pretend to be someone else online is to use a photo of someone else that they have found online.
To check this out you can run a Google Reverse Image Search to see if that photo is used online elsewhere.
If you then find a few online profiles or website with those photos that don't match the name of the person you are talking to then you know they aren't who they say they are.
There could be legitimate reasons for someone using a photo of someone else, like body confidence issues and low self esteem, but if someone is happy to lie about this then what else are they happy to lie about?
Meet in a public place
When you meet someone online and feel that connection then it is easy to get carried away and suggest they come to your home for a date. Whilst you might be most comfortable in your own home, it is really important that you meet your new date in a public place.
You could go for a coffee, a meal out, a walk around the park, to the cinema or a variety of other places that don't give away where you live and don't leave you vulnerable.
Tell someone who you are meeting
When you meet someone from an online dating website you don't know who will turn up or what they will be like. Whilst you might be interested in Subs and Doms you just never know who will turn up.
That's why it is really important to tell a friend or family member who you are meeting, where you are meeting them and when you are meeting them.
Not only does this help you to stay safe, but you can also ask your friend to give you a ring or a text at the start of your date to make sure that you are okay and that you want to continue your date. If you don't want to continue then you can simply make up an excuse and leave.
Use a tracking app
Using a tracking app like Find Friends and sending your location to a friend using GPS co-ordinates means that if something untoward were to happen they have something to go on.