Online dating is huge nowadays and you can ask any "normal" person whether they use it and they are likely to say yes. Privacy concerns exist everywhere on the Internet now, with online dating services being one of the top culprits. Adding all of your information on to a profile for the purpose of getting a date seems like a fool’s errand. When you put all of your data out there, there can be many repercussions and some of them you won’t even have thought about.
Whilst you shouldn’t just add all of your information for people to see, you have to add something, else you’ll never find a partner on online dating in the first place. We have all seen the dodgy looking profiles which are not filled out or don’t have a picture and we don’t talk to these people!
Stay on the right line between things your date should know and things that only you should know about yourself and you should be alright. That being said though, what should you be adding in to your online dating profile without posing a privacy risk? From where you work or what neighborhood you live in, it’s better to keep this information under wraps until you trust the people you meet. Better safe than sorry!
Don’t Use Your Real Contact Details
When you find someone who seems appealing on online dating, set up a separate e-mail account to talk to him or her with. This protects you from many things like identity theft and stalking as this E-mail address won’t be used for anything else, making it so that if they do some checking up on that address, they won’t be able to find your social media accounts or addresses etc. Whilst relying on E-mail as a fast type of communication is slow, there are services that convert mails straight to your phone, to make things a bit faster.
Google Caches Everything
A cache is a little like a snapshot or a photo of a page on the Internet at any given time. Google stores a cache of anything that is indexed by their engine and this means that any dating site that you can find via Google will have millions of pages cached. Your details and whatever you write on there can be found at any time by consulting Google’s cache and there is even more ways of remembering things on the Internet via using the Internet wayback machine found at archive.org
Don’t post anything that might come back to haunt you and don’t post anything that could get you in social or legal trouble, especially anything related to your job. Many people have had disciplinary hearing and such because of things they have posted on the Internet, make sure you are not the next person to suffer from acting in a silly way like this.
Read the terms of the websites you are using to find yourself a suitor.
Dating Services can show your profile at a whim to the public especially if you agree to their terms and conditions. Whilst they are often lengthy legal documents, you should make sure that you realize the risks of using these services.
Don’t Reuse passwords or usernames
When you re-use usernames and passwords on the Internet, you can often find that Google allows you to link things up. That means that if you use the same username on al of your different accounts on the web, you’ll find that people could easily impersonate you and figure out what your interests are and so on. This can lead unsavory characters to your important accounts and these types of websites often are ranked well by search engines, making it easily to connect the dots. Don’t make it easy for fraudsters to find your information…
Everything good brings some bad and the flip side to being able to meet people you’d never see in real life over the Internet is that your data is unprotected and can easily be found by anyone with enough determination to spend a few minutes looking for it. Make sure you take steps to minimize the risks to your privacy and make sure you do standard dating things like meeting your date in a public place and people know whereabouts you are going and who you are with at all times. Luckily, these things are not too difficult and you can take steps to improve your online privacy. Finding a way to make it so that you actually hide your information to search engines and unsavory characters isn’t too difficult if you switch things up and you’ll be glad you did. Making yourself a difficult target is usually enough to make the bad people go to a different target.