Dating sites treat these two categories of information separately.provide it if you want to become a member—gives it more protection. It’s probably archived, and other members can copy and save it themselves.Consumer writes about this practice, This looks suspiciously like the website is deliberately trying to lure registered members into a subscription.There are similar reports of receiving a rash of emails or “flirts” shortly after cancelling a subscription, which might be construed as a ruse to lure you back.Still, you should consider not using your main email address because it can be linked to the other sites on which you’ve registered. If you post it on the public part of the site, it’s no longer yours.Taking quizzes, posting comments, putting up pictures: it’s all fair game, so think twice before you put it up.
And while many do meet “the one”—17% of people who married in the past year met their mate on the internet–they’re also facing serious privacy issues along the way.
In 2010, the federal government ordered the Australian dating site Red Hot Pie to send an apology email to its members for having over a thousand fake profiles that sent out strategic messages like these to lure members into staying (and paying). Arrange to meet someone in a public, crowded place, and tell a friend or family member where you’re going to be.
Consumers also brought a fraud suit against in 2005 for similar “date bait.” The same privacy protection rules that apply to all of your online activity apply to internet dating sites: privacy: be careful when meeting up with anyone you’ve met online. Set up a safety call: if you don’t call them by the expected time, they’ll assume that something’s wrong.
We’re offering the following five tips on how to keep your bank account and your personal information safe while getting a date.
Know your privacy limits, what makes you uncomfortable and what you’re willing to deal with in order to be on a dating site, and don’t compromise.