There are more than enough motivators to keeping an online dating site profile under wraps. Even if you aren’t unhappily married or in a bad relationship, there are just some people who really don’t need to know what you’re doing privately. People like your boss, your educators and possibly the office bully five cubicles down. Although it’s no shame to choose online dating over going out and hoping to get lucky, some will twist it that way. This is why, unless you have a very accepting social surrounding, you should consider the following points when you create a hookup site profile:
Most sites require you to enter a location and other personal information. This is to make it easier on you and others to find dateable people in your area. However, it also makes it easier for people who know you to find you. However, you shouldn’t make a completely false statement, especially not when you’re registering with billing addresses and age verification. Thankfully, most sites don’t require this information, along with your name, for your profile, just for registering. Anything that is displayed on your profile should be weighed carefully. Your age can’t cause you trouble. But your location, for example, doesn’t have to be absolutely exact. Name the next big city, which isn’t too far for you to travel to, instead of your own.
Keep Things Separate
Because competition for dating sites is very high, it’s not unusual for them to offer you the possibility to show your association by adding them in your social networking. It’s obvious that this is a very bad idea, especially if you access these social networks at work or from a computer you use with others. Even if you can keep the notification to yourself with the help of privacy settings, nothing is going to stop people from peeking over your shoulder or you from accidentally forgetting to log out when you’re in a hurry. Should you really want to make sure that no connection can be made between you and your profile unless someone is an IT specialist, then create an extra email account for online dating only.
Hiding the Paper Trail
Certain functions aren’t available to free members on online dating sites. Depending on the site itself, you can work fine with all the free options or, as in most cases, you’ll have to pay a monthly or yearly sum. This can look highly suspicious if your partner knows your bank information and can access it anytime. Avoid checks, credit cards and direct debit payments. Although some sites assure discretion, unless you’re 100 percent sure, don’t do it. Safer methods that make tracking your connection to a dating site more difficult are PayPal and cash payments. Though the latter is not always possible, it’s the most impossible to track and the most preferable. If you want a bill, avoid having it posted to you. Let the company in charge of the dating site send you a online copy of the bill that you can print out, if needed. Make sure that when you do this and don’t print it, save the file either on your email account or somewhere safe, like an USB stick you carry around with you. Should any issues arise, you’ll need the bill and it would be unfortunate if it had been deleted.