How to stay safe when online dating

Many of us are turning to online dating as a more convenient way to meet someone for casual dating or a longer term relationship. Online dating, especially if using a niche dating website, helps you to meet someone who has the same interests as you, and can give you that instant connection.

If you are planning to start your online dating journey then you might find it to be quite a tricky subject for most of us. Then add into the mix fetish dating and you might be looking for ways to stay safe whilst exploring online dating.

In this post I want to share some tips and tricks for staying safe with online dating.

Put Your Safety First

Years ago we wouldn’t even dream of meeting strangers online with a view to dating them and possibly having long term relationships. Whilst it is more common these days, it is still important to consider your safety, and not get carried away with the excitement of meeting someone new.

We have all seen the stories of serial killers preying on victims from dating websites, and whilst that is less common these days, it is really important to stay safe when meeting up with someone you have met online.

Meet In a Public Place

Whilst it is great to meet people online using websites like, your first real life meeting should take place in a public place. This could be a coffee shop, nightclub, park or anywhere really. Do not get tempted to invite your date to your home or meet them at theirs for a first date.

Let a friend know where you are

When meeting someone you have met online, make sure that someone knows where you are meeting and as much information as you have about them. It might sound over the top, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

You could also ask your friend to check in on you throughout the date and afterwards, to ensure that you are okay. This can be done with text messages, phone calls and even using a tracking app like Find Friends on iOS.

Google Your Date

It sounds crazy, but don’t be afraid to run a Google search on your date before you meet. You might think it is intrusive, but this can really help you to stay safe. You can use a Google Reverse Image Search to ensure that the person is who they say they are, and there aren’t a handful of accounts using the same photos. If you do spot accounts like that then the person you are speaking to and planning to meet up with might not be who they say they are.

If it sounds too good to be true…

Most of us have experienced people who like to stretch the truth a little, and if your date sounds too good to be true then chances are that they are lying. I once met someone who told me he had £9million just sat in the bank…whilst driving an old beat up Skoda. If it sounds too good to be true then it most likely isn’t.

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