Internet Dating Website Tips: Skype Online Dating Safety Hazards, Know the Webcam Date Risks
online dating has been around since the early days of the internet. Back in the neanderthal days it was called, yes, cyberdating. Remember? However, as the technology and internet social mores unfold over the years, things keep changing. Fundamentally, singles are looking for romantic relationships online. And they want to protect their privacy and personal safety while doing so.
One of the trends that has come and gone was a software over at Match that had you look at facial types to register what types you found attractive. And also to record who you thought would be attracted to you.
Now that latter question is the interesting one to ponder. I think now I would type all of them as I’m expecting them to find me attractive! lol. Yeah, my confidence level has increased from the prehistoric days of internet dating.
Well, one of the current trends within internet dating is a growing use of Skype. Some singles who’ve met at a dating site and have moved to being interested in meeting each other for a first date are wanting to use Skype. They’re seeing Skype as an additional layer of connection and screening before they reserve the time in their schedule to meeting.
This can also offer couples who live further away from each other a way to connect with 3 dimensional visual layer before traveling significantly to meet. I’ll cover that more in the next day or two.
However, since using Skype opens your privacy up massively online, I have to address your safety and security preservation first.
Skype Dating Hazard #1. Opening your webcam to someone across the internet exposes your whole computer for being attacked and hacked.
Know that by connecting with someone over the internet by webcam puts all the data on your computer at risk. You might have personal photos you don’t want to share. You might have personal information as well as financial information stored on the computer you are using.
Kind of like you can’t be too safe with using perhaps a separate cell phone just for your dating like, you can’t be too safe by using perhaps a separate computer with very little on it for Skype dating.
Cam Dating Hazard #2. You must set up a separate personal Skype account with a Nome De Plume name
Just like at internet dating sites you use a Profile Name and not your full personal legal name in your publicly published profile, so it is with Skype. The other person can see you Name and Location of whatever you enter in your Skype profile.
So if you are going to use Skype in conjunction with dating online, then do be sure to set up a separate account than what you may share with your friends or use for work purposes. Think: Protect your privacy and your safety online!
Skype and Webcam Virtual Dating Hazard #3. They can see your home.
Select where you choose to share your Skype and converse from inside of your home very carefully. Do not bring your laptop into your bedroom and Skype with your bed headboard showing behind you. Additionally, you don’t want to Skype with your huge picture window showing the front of your neighbor’s house behind you. Remember, every building and street has been photographed and is viewable on Google World.
With the privacy laws in the EU, thank goodness, you have the option to opt out of being displayed. However, not so in North America. Just go watch some episodes of Law & Order or NCIS where they deal with internet privacy and jeopardizing your life. This is not about being paranoid. This is just about your being in control and cognizant of what you’re doing.
Choose your back drop and background with forethought. A blank wall. A bookcase. Those are what are wise choices for a complete stranger to see of your house before they have met you.
Skype is a great tool and huge break through for creating an additional layer of connect between singles at online dating sites.
However, do think of, consider, and mitigate the risks and hazards you are putting yourself at risk for first before you Skype with a complete stranger. Protect yourself while pursuing love.