This starts with the username you pick; avoid something that might give something away about you, such as your surname, age or year of birth.
Second, until you’ve met and feel you can trust the person you’ve met online, don’t share your address, where you work or study, your phone number or email address.
That can be a great way to suss them out in advance. It's totally sensible and they’re probably doing the same to you.
Trust your gut Just like when you meet someone face-to-face, your instincts will tell you if something’s not quite right.
I then started to feel quite worried as we'd met not far from my work and I might have mentioned that I worked in the area...
Luckily after a few bad emails I never heard from him again.” Carrie Go public Another golden rule of dating is; always meet in a public place.
Get to know them first It can be a good idea to message and get to know a bit about each other before meeting up.
It can help to give you a sense of who they are – and whether you have things in common.
I remember meeting someone on a dating site who asked me on a date straight after we matched.Instead I dealt with it by getting drunk and kissing him at a club. Thank god I didn't go home with him, but unsurprisingly he thought I liked him.When I got home and sobered up I felt pretty rubbish and wanted to put an end to the whole thing immediately, so I sent him a message thanking him for a lovely evening but that I didn't want to go on a second date. I got a very angry accusatory email accusing me of leading him on and the fact he'd paid all night definitely got mentioned.At the time I thought 'why not, what's the point in chatting for hours or even days, why waste time'.But when we met, there was something about him that made me feel slightly uneasy.With hindsight, I’d say - try to have a conversation, get a feel for who they are, what their interests are, what they do for a living.” Anna Apply a filter Would you say the same things with someone face-to-face? Picture sharing Whether its your profile pictures or those sent to individuals you’re chatting to, think before you share.