At Global Personals, the safety of our members is of the utmost importance to us. That’s why we’re supporting Safer Internet Day.
Safer Internet Day, which promotes the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, has been around for 11 years and in that time has helped to make the web a safer place. We work around the clock to provide our members with the safest possible online dating environment, through the use of a range of technology and the expertise of a highly skilled team who are experts in online safety.
So, in the spirit of Safer Internet Day, here are our top tips for staying safe online.
All sites on the Global Personals network, and most other reputable dating sites, have messaging systems in place that mean you won’t need to give out any contact details to other members until you feel comfortable. If someone that you’re talking to online asks for your details when you don’t yet feel ready to move away from the comfort of your dating site, don’t be afraid to tell them that you’d rather stick to talking online for a bit longer. If they’re genuine, this won’t be a problem.
If someone you’ve met online asks you for money or any kind of financial information, alarm bells should ring. You wouldn’t expect someone you met in the pub last week to ask you for your bank account number, so you shouldn’t expect it online either. In the rare event that another member does make a request for financial information, stop speaking to them right away and use the ‘Report this Member’ button on their profile to let our team know. We’ll then take the necessary steps to investigate and remove them from the site.
If you decide to make the leap and go on that exciting first date, be sure to meet in a public place. Always tell a friend where you’re going and when to expect you back. It’s also a good idea to arrange to call them at a certain time to confirm that everything is going well. If your date is worth their salt, they’ll understand your caution and should hopefully be taking similar steps themselves.
Online dating is fun! The vast majority of people that you meet online will be lovely, genuine people looking for love or friendship, just like you. But to be on the safe side, it’s always best to plan for the worst and allow people to prove themselves otherwise. The most important thing is to be self-aware and to enjoy yourself.
Visit OnlineDatingProtector.com to find out more about the steps we take to keep members safe online.
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