Internet Dating can be very exciting, especially if you're new to it. It can lead to some incredible off-line relationships, from lasting friendship to long-term love to sizzling sex encounters.
However, communicating with people over the Internet can also expose you to real danger if you're not careful. Below are some tips to keep in mind when you start talking to people online.
In the talking phase:
Be Anonymous - When you're first talking to someone you've met online, never give them your real name, phone number, home address, or real email address. It's also a good idea to check with your Internet Service Provider to make sure your personal information isn't listed in your online profile with them.
Use an alternate email service - Set up a second (or third, fourth, etc.) email address through one of the many free email services online. Below are the most popular ones. This adds another level of security to email communications between the two of you.
Free Email Services:
Common Sense - Basically, use common sense when talking to people online. You wouldn't give a stranger on the street, or even someone you met at a bar all your personal information, would you? Well, the same rules apply when talking to someone online.
After you've established the appropriate measure of trust, and you decide to meet someone you've met online, check out my article "Internet Dating Safety Tips Part 2 - The Meeting Phase" for additional tips to consider.