Staying Safe on Dating Apps

Written by on February 13, 2020

Staying safe of dating apps

By Megan Frank

February 13, 2020

If you’re looking for love online, you’re not alone. According to a recent Pew report, 30-percent of U.S. adults have used a dating app or website.

But before you fill out an online dating profile, WLVR’s Megan Frank shares some cyber-security tips.

Technology has made it easy to meet people online, but when it comes to turning that connection into a real life one, it can get complicated.

Cindy Casey teaches cyber-security at Gwynedd Mercy University.

She says most dating apps do not require a criminal background check or verify user identities.

“Be suspicious if the person is vague in what they’re telling you, or, if they get too romantic too fast, that sends up a red flag. If they say they’re a lawyer or a doctor and they have bad grammar, another red flag. If their account disappears and then reappears, be wary of that,” says Casey.

Casey recommends signing up for a dating app with an email address that you create for the purpose of dating and limit the information you put into your online profile.

If you do take your digital date offline, Pennsylvania State Police say you should tell a trusted friend your plans, drive yourself and meet in a public place.

Watch Megan’s Tech Takeover reports on Wednesday’s at 6:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on PBS39. The series examines digital topics and explores emerging technologies around our region.


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