Editor’s Note: Over the course of the next several weeks, Online Dating Information will be publishing safety tips to make your online dating experience more safe and enjoyable. These will be posted one tip at a time with detailed explanations. Below is the first tip in this 15 part series.
Online Dating Safety Tip #1: Use a Free Email Service
What: When you start thinking about participating in online dating, the first thing you need to do is create a new and free email account on a service like Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo. Make sure the address doesn’t contain any personal information (like your first or last name). You will use this email address for any communications that end up going to email.
Why: The reason you want the free email address (separate from your regular email address) is because when you give yout regular email address, a person can Google it and learn quite a bit of information about you. Many people use their email address on Websites or in forums and they leave tracks that search engines keep track of and make public. By having a new address you only use for online dating (and never post anywhere), you are securing your privacy so that when a person searches your email address, they will find nothing about you.