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How to Be Safe on Tinder

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 26, 2017
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Online dating has become more socially acceptable during the past few years, with plenty of dating apps based on location sprouting for everyone, may they be heterosexual, gay or lesbian. Tinder is one of the most used apps by all kinds of people worldwide and you can now find many people looking to date or meet new acquaintances around your area.

However, many people are still reluctant about using this kind of apps in fear of being "catifished" i.e, being seduced by someone who is faking to be someone else, or fear of being harassed by someone you are not interested in. Whatever fears you may have, OneHowto would like to offer some tips on how to be safe on Tinder.

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Steps to follow:
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The first thing you need to remember is that Tinder only allows you to set a Tinder account when linked to your Facebook so, in theory, the people you meet on Tinder are real. However, some people may use fake Facebook accounts and may try catfishing you, pretending to be someone else.

To make sure you are talking to a real person, search the person's name on the Internet, take a look at the person's Twitter account, Instagram or any information you find about that person on the net to make sure his/her profile on tinder matches your search.

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Another thing you can do to make sure you're going to go on a date with the right person is to ask people who may know this person. Tinder tells you if you have any friends in common with your match and, as the people you find on Tinder are near you, you have the chance of asking people you know about him or her to know a bit more about that person.

How to Be Safe on Tinder - Step 2
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There are other security measures you can take to secure your privacy when using this app to make sure your possible dates don't gather too much information about you and to be totally safe on Tinder:

  • Do not give your exact address. Meet somewhere close on your first date, but never at your house door.
  • It is advisable not to give your phone number before your first date. If the person insists on talking outside the app, you can choose to add the person on Facebook instead.
  • Be careful what pictures you add to your Tinder profile. Some people may try to steal pictures to use them without your consent, so it is advisable to avoid pictures that are too revealing and that can be used in different contexts.
  • If you want to make sure nobody can track you, you can also use Tinder on your PC.
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When meeting your Tinder date there are also some tips you can try, though they are merely common sense and are basically the same as any precautions you can take when meeting a someone you don't know conventionally.

  • Meet in a public place instead of your house or his/hers.
  • Do not agree to anything you're not sure about, you are free to go as far as you fancy or to say no.
  • Dating needs to be fun, choose to do something you'll both enjoy with your date, no matter how far you go.
  • Use your own common sense.
  • Turn off your visibility if you don't want others to know if you are using Tinder when in your home town.
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