(Sonaiya Kelley)But it is easy to let your guard down or find yourself in an unsafe situation — especially if Grey Goose swoops in.
That’s why it’s important to have a few common-sense strategies that keep you safe, according to law enforcement experts and others.
I'm not trying to put you off of online dating in any way. I have never felt my safety threatened on or after a date and I feel very fortunate. I certainly sleep better (so does my mom), knowing I've taken steps to online date in a responsible way.1. Take a separate set of images, selfies, whatever and only use them in your online dating profiles. They could be posting false images and lying about what they look like.
I'm just offering up the online dating safety tips that I use to keep myself safe since I'm at a point in my life where I meet about a stranger a week. I'm not concerned with showing up for a date and meeting someone ugly. On first online dates, do not let him walk you home.
My dating safety practices have changed over the years. Most guys aren't going to walk the streets of Fort Greene at rush hour waiting to bump into you on your walk home. I'm talking about not giving the sort of bloke the opportunity to find you or engage in any sort of sinister stalking behavior. Don't add them on Facebook, don't follow them on Instagram. You have no idea what kind of identifying information is lurking in your photos. While we're at it, check the privacy settings on ALL of your social media platforms. Your online date shouldn't know your last name (yet), but just in case, get in there and clean up anything you don't want online.
I'm not talking about holding your hand over your cup at a party to avoid being roofied. Try not to pee your pants when identifying information about you pops up. Make sure only people who actually know you have access to your info. Consider having a separate private account for friends and family. It's not enough to be "smart" about online dating.
When using online dating and dating apps it's important to remember that the major draw of these sites and apps is also the one thing you should keep in mind at all times: the person you're meeting is a stranger.