It’s no secret that online dating is becoming more and more popular all over the world. In fact it’s now a multibillion dollar industry that helps people find love over the net.

While falling madly in love isn’t something you can’t really plan for, online dating is very different; you need to pick the right dating service (and so many to chose from!), the right pictures (so many bad ones!), think of something funny to say and put your best foot forward in every way.

But putting all this information about yourself out into the ether has risks of its own. With online dating fraud up 150%, it’s easy enough to run into fake accounts. But why would scammers want to be on dating sites? Dating sites are goldmines for personal, professional and recreational information not to mention the more sinister.

So trust no one? Not quite. There are a few tips you can follow to make sure that you’re protecting yourself and your information while looking for love online this Valentine’s Day

Use a reputable, paid dating service – Famous brand names are an easy security win. They’ll have secure websites and the paid subscription should deter some trouble makers. The large user base will help you find your match too!

Think carefully about your profile – Make sure that you’re not revealing anything that you don’t want to in your profile. Details such as your salary and phone number are things that you don’t need to be sharing in public and could make you a target for scammers.

Take Your Time- Most dating services come with some sort of communication system, be it chat, video, email or phone call. There’s no need to hand out your phone number any more, your matchmaking service can help you protect you and your identity. Don’t rush into something headlong; think about what you are comfortable with.

Use your profile inbox - Emails asking to “reset your password” or “confirm your details” could easily be from scammers posing as official emails from your dating service. These days most services come with profile emails allowing you to contact other members and for the site itself to contact you. If you’re worried about the authenticity of an email, check your profile’s inbox before giving away any information.

We’d love to know what you think about Valentine’s Day and Internet dating. Will you be looking to find love online this year?

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