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The Internet is still pretty safe, even for seniors, according to WiredSafety.org. People are emailing, private messaging, chatting with one another, and making cyber-dates. Online dating will be a fun and fulfilling if you take a few precautions to ensure your safety and success.
■ Do Not Give Out Personal Information – Use a third party email address instead of one with your own and do not link it to any of your accounts. For example, set up a Google account without any of your personal information and when you set it up, do not link it to any other account.
■ Make Sure Your Computer Is Secure – Is your computer’s anti-virus program and firewall all up to date. Is your wireless network secure? Do you have strong passwords using a mixture of letters and numbers? In addition, I use an identity protection program. Don’t let Identity thieves ruin your life.
■ Be Tactful and Leary – Do not believe everything you read online. the person on the other computer could be a child or someone faking their gender.
■ Watch Out For Married People or Cheaters – According to a MSNBC survey, 30% of the people using an online dating service are married. Here are some things to watch for: they have no photo, very secretive, only online at certain times, irregular and erratic responses and odd phone behavior like it always goes to voicemail when you call them.
■ Use Caution in Sharing Images – When sharing a photo online, keep in mind that it may be forwarded over and over until the end of time; so many people can see it. Plus your photo can be altered with different software out there today and posted anywhere they want. Also, if you take it with your smart phone and the GPS is on they can locate where you took the photo.
■ Keep Copies – If something goes wrong you need to have copies of your communications in a file so that you can show friends or the police if you need to. I also have a recovery app. This sends a copy of all my text to my email account.
■ Take Your Time – Wait for at least 2 to 4 hours before replying. You want to “appear” active, confidant, involved in life even if you are just sitting home in your pajamas watching TV.
■ Meet in a Public Place – Be careful if you decide to meet. Remember there is safety in numbers so meet in a public place. When you can, tell the restaurant you are there with someone you do not know well, they can be very helpful.
■ Watch in your rear view mirror on your way home – If you think you are being followed go to the nearest police station. I am sure they won’t want to follow you in there and have to explain why they were following you.
■ Google – Check them out and make sure what they are telling you on the computer matches what you find. This is a must! At the minimum, you can do a search using a website called spokeo.com, but there are many out there so do your homework and be safe. Take the time to do a little research before you go and meet them.
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Originally posted 2012-11-29 20:22:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter