Staying safe online
Staying safe online is as easy as using your common sense and keeping you safe online is our goal at Singles 4 Love. As it's such an important subject we would like to share or knowledge with you in the top tips listed below.
We know you're a sensible, worldly, head-screwed-on type, so these are our golden rules that everyone should live by to make the internet as safe a place as possible. Follow these few simple check-points and you should have nothing to worry about...
Choose a password that you can easily remember but would be difficult for anyone else to guess. Children's names are easy, but just as easy for someone who knows you to guess! Try to use a mixture of UPPERCASE characters and numbers. You'd be surprised at how many people use 123456 or PASSWORD as a password.
We have a wonderful messaging system which means you don't need to give out any contact information at all until you're happy to, so don't be afraid to tell someone that you'd rather stick to talking online via the website for a bit longer. If they're genuine then they won't have a problem.
If anyone asks to borrow money or asks for any sort of financial details whatsoever, then alarm bells should start to ring. You wouldn't expect someone you met in the pub last week to ask you for money, and you shouldn't expect it online either. So how do you spot a scammer? our advice is:
- Does the person use colourful language and words such as "Hello dear, how are you this day dear," or "I hope to be reading from you soon dear"?
- Have they tried to swap contact details early on and do they want to take the conversation out of the website?
- Have they told you a story about a tragic event in their life?
- Are the messages full of spelling and grammatical errors?
If yes to all these signs then it could be a potential scammer at work and all communication should stop and their profile reported so the website team can check them out. There is a report button at the top of every profile on Singles 4 Love.
Dating websites these days have employed very special anti-scam software and 24-7 moderation teams that can identify scammers and they are deleted from the system immediately they are discovered.
When it comes to online dating, use your common sense and always trust your gut instinct. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Try not to fill your profile with too much personal information.
The important thing to remember is that you should always stay in control. If you intend to meet someone you connected with online then always meet in a public place, tell someone when and where you're going, and arrange to call them at a given time to confirm all's going well.
You may want to ask a friend to walk by the place you're meeting to look in on you at a set time to see that you're alright. If your date is worth their salt, they will completely understand. Go easy on the alcohol so it doesn't affect your decision making and don't rely on your date for transport. Use public transport or call a taxi or friend to get you there and back.
The vast majority of people you meet online will be genuine people just like you who are simply looking for a date or friendship. It's always best to plan for the worst and then allow people to prove themselves otherwise, but don't let the occasional dodgy character spoil your enjoyment.