Taking the steps to protect yourself while participating in the Did I See U community will help create a more positive experience for you and contribute to a better online environment for everyone. There are certain steps that every person should follow while dating — both online and offline. We ask you to take a few minutes to read these tips and require that you follow them. Online Safety Tips Protect your finances Ignore any request to send money, especially overseas or by wire transfer, and report it to us immediately — even if the person claims to be in an emergency.
Wiring money is like sending cash: Never give financial information such as you social security number, credit card number or bank information to people you don't know or you haven't met in person. Guard your personal and online access information Be careful about sharing other personal information, such as your full name, phone number, email and address.
You are in control of your online dating experience at all times — remain anonymous until you feel ready. Use extra caution when accessing your account from a public or shared computer so that others are not able to view or record your password or other personal information.
If you share your computer with others, disable the auto sign-in feature to your account and clear all saved passwords. Any such communication should be reported immediately. Be Web Wise Be wary of communications that ask you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information.
There are certain red flags to watch for that may indicate you're dealing with a scammer. Be aware of anyone who… Quickly asks to talk or chat on an outside email or messaging service Claims to be from U. Federal Trade Commission's advice to avoid online romance scams is available here: If personal details provided by another person don't seem to add up, they behave suspiciously or pressure you for personal or financial information — block communications with that person and report them to us immediately.
Block and report suspicious users You can block and report concerns about any suspicious user anonymously from any profile page, email or IM window.
Get to know the other person before meeting them offline We don't conduct criminal background checks on our users, so if you would like more information about someone, we recommend using the Internet and government resources available to everyone. This can include typing the person's name into a search engine, reviewing public information made available by government offices, or using a paid service to obtain a full background report.
Always meet in public Meet for the first time in a populated, public location — never in a private or remote location, and never at your date's home or apartment. Stay in a public place It is best not to go back to your date's home or bring them back to yours on the first date.
If your date pressures you, end the date and leave at once. Tell a friend Inform a friend or family member of your plans and when and where you're going. If you own a mobile phone, make sure you have it with you. Drive yourself to and from the first meeting Just in case things don't work out, you need to be in control of your own ride — even if you take a taxi.
Keep personal items with you at all times You don't want to risk having personal information stolen. If you're drinking, keep your drink with you at all times so it can't be tampered with. Long Distance Meetings Long distance meetings pose special safety concerns to take into account. Keep these tips in mind.
Stay in a hotel. Check into your own room and avoid staying in the other person's home. If you can't afford a hotel, you shouldn't go. Use a taxi or rental car to get to and from the airport. Securing your own ride is important. Even if the person you're meeting volunteers to pick you up from the airport, do not get into a personal vehicle with someone you've never met.
Keep your hotel location confidential. The person you're meeting should respect your privacy until you know each other. Remember to keep your family and friends posted. Tell someone who you are meeting, where you are going and when you will return.
Through collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors, the mission of the NCSA is to empower a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely protecting themselves and the technology they use and the digital assets we all share. NCSA works to create a culture of cyber security and safety through education and awareness activities. NCSA board members include: The campaign was developed by the STOP.
In October the White House, U. Department of Homeland Security and Messaging Convention launched the campaign. Industry, government, non-profits and education institutions participate in STOP.