It’s important to be safe with online dating sites – and here is how you can do it!
What are the Hallmarks of Safety for Online Dating Sites?
Online dating can be a fun-filled activity where you get to meet and greet the person of your dreams. However, a caveat is in order: Not all online dating sites are safe and secure. This is because many renegade operators create online dating sites to steal information, and blackmail users in the process. Sometimes, the threats inherent at online dating sites are limited to the absence of SSL technology with banking and other personal information. If the integrity of a user’s data is easily compromised, the online dating site is not safe. To this end, it’s important to verify all manner of security features at online dating sites. These include the Verisign logo, SSL encryption technology, safe and secure online banking, double-layer firewall protection, and Better Business Bureau (BBB) certification. These are but a few of the telltale signals that an online dating site is safe to register at.
How Do You Know If an Online Dating Site Is Any Good?
The quality of an online dating site can easily be ascertained by reading user reviews. If the majority of registered members have good things to say about it, it can be placed in our web of trust. There is a myriad of highly ranked online dating sites such as JDate, PlentyofFish, eHarmony, ChristianMingle.com, Zoosk, Top Online Dating Sites and others. The number of active members is always a good sign at an online dating site. If the same people are recycled in the member’s list on your network, chances are it’s not very good. Another thing to look out for is the presence of plants.
Plants are fake profiles created on dating sites either by scam artists or the dating site itself to try and lure in non-paying members into becoming paying members. Often what happens is that a non-paying member (unregistered member) will receive multiple emails with requests to chat, or share information. Most of the time, this bevy of requests is simply designed to get new members to register and pay. An online dating site can also be judged according to the promises it makes to users. For example, Christian dating sites, Jewish dating sites, and Muslim dating sites are common, but they also other options such as vegan-friendly sites too.
Be Advised That Not Everybody Is Who They Claim to Be
At best, people embellish who they are and what they have achieved, and at worst they lie. Millions of online daters intentionally deceive others about who they are. Things like outdated photographs, fake photographs, and intentionally misleading profiles are commonplace. It’s important to stay far away from these fraudulent dating sites since they often haven for scammers seeking to prey on the weaknesses of men and women who are battling loneliness. There are many scams, and all of them involve abusing the trust of the unsuspecting victim for financial gain. Various Chrome add-ons are available to make it much easier to weed out these fake dating sites and scam dating sites. That way, you can enjoy a thoroughly exciting and fulfilling online dating experience.
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Jamie Broadnax is the creator of the online publication and multimedia space for Black women called Black Girl Nerds. Jamie has appeared on MSNBC's The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and The Grio's Top 100. Her Twitter personality has been recognized by Shonda Rhimes as one of her favorites to follow. She is a member of the Critics Choice Association and executive producer of the Black Girl Nerds Podcast.