Dating online has become quite the oasis for LGBT people and straight people as well. Finding matches online is safe, fun, and imaginative. Unfortunately, that does not mean that it is a means of finding partners that comes without problems. Before you decide to meet gay guys online, check below a few easy things you can do that make using dating sites a little safer.

  1. How to find out the profile of your companion is fake?

First off, you need to watch out for people that using a fake profile. People make fake profiles on dating sites for many reasons, and none of them are good for you. At the very best, some people use dating profiles with embellished information on them to increase their chances of finding love. Otherwise, they may be looking to harm you or steal your money and information. Finding fake profiles is a matter of looking carefully for:

  • Suspicious behavior (won’t show their face in a video chat or pictures)
  • Using pictures from others’ profile (use a reverse search to check)
  • Lacking information on their dating profile

Many other ways exist to determine if someone is using a fake profile. Be safe by trusting your instincts if something seems too good to be true.

  1. How to keep your personal information safe using technology

The best way to keep your information secure when using a dating site is by using a reputable service. The greatest dating sites have encryption and heavy security throughout the site that will maintain your information security. Even when you are using a safe forum for online dating, you still need to be wary about what you are putting on the internet. Do not share your address with someone you do not know and trust; the same goes for personal identification information.

  1. If you go on a date, choose a public setting

The time will come when you want to hang out with your new partner to test your overall compatibility. When that time comes, you should always choose a very public location for the date. As sad as it may seem, being in a public place is a safety factor that allows you to lower the chances of you being attacked by a malevolent date or other people. Every LGBT person has felt angry eyes on them before, so be safe.

  1. Share your location with a friend

If you are out with someone and thinking about going home with someone or trying a different place to eat, share your location with a friend. Someone has to know where you are and when you are expected to come home at all times. That is the only way for someone other than yourself to know if you happen to find yourself in a bad situation. Use any of the available apps today to share your location directly from your phone.

  1. Go with your gut

Your brain can pick up on subtle clues that something is not right. Maybe people are looking at you and your date a little too intently. Perhaps your date is insisting that you go with them somewhere. If you feel like something is wrong, the chances are that it’s wrong. As such, trust your gut to get you out of bad situations, and do not be afraid to make a scene.

Online dating is supposed to be fun and safe for everyone. In fact, it is a very effective form of romance for LGBT people. That does not mean you should let down your guard entirely, though. Use the rules we have outlined here, and you will stand a much better chance of staying safe.