How to Select a Safe Dating Service - dummies

By Nancy C. Muir

Select your online dating service carefully. Like anything on the internet, dating services can sometimes be used to target people for their personal information. You can take a few extra precautions to help protect yourself.

  • Look for an established, popular site with plenty of members and a philosophy that matches your own.
  • Review the site’s policy regarding your privacy and its procedures for screening members. Make sure you’re comfortable with those policies.
  • Use a service that provides an email system (sometimes called private messaging) that you use for contacting other members. By using the site’s email rather than your own email address, you can
  • Some sites, such Eharmony, offer stronger levels of authenticating members, such as screening to make you more confident that you know with whom you’re interacting.
  • Visit a site such as Consumer Rankings for comparisons of sites. Whether you choose a senior-specific dating site such as or a general-population site such as, reading reviews about them ahead of time will help you make the best choice.

If you try a site and experience an unpleasant incident involving another member, report it and make sure the service follows through to enforce its policies. If it doesn’t, find another service.