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Online Dating Safety Advice
We're all about having fun in your search for love here so we want to make sure your time on hookupdatefree is exactly that fun!
With a dating site as big as ours you're going to come across an exciting spectrum of people with all kinds of interests and intentions. Some the same as yours and some you may prefer not to be associated with.
So take time to check out our online dating safety tips. We want you to make the most of your time here, so here's a little advice...
Take Your Time
With a world of opportunity at your finger tips we know exactly how exciting it all can be. The trick is to relax and take it all in your stride. If you do get chatting to someone you like, take the time to get to know them before taking things a step further. Send each other messages and use the instant chat facility. Find out what you have in common. If you're looking for something in particular don't be afraid to say so. You don't need to settle for the first person that shows an interest. You're in a totally safe environment at hookupdatefree so you have the unique opportunity to politely say "no thank you" if you don't feel that someone is right for you. Interest may come and go but it's important to remember that there are lots of other singles on here just like you, so there really is no need to rush.
Stay In Your Comfort Zone
The time will come when you do decide to take things a step further but remember to only do what you feel comfortable with. Some members may ask you for your email address right away but if you feel that you don't know enough about them then don't be afraid to wait until you're ready. Let them know that you'd rather use our online chat facility for a while first. If they're truly genuine they will have no problem with this at all. When it comes to exchanging phone numbers its better not to give out your home number right away, especially if you haven't met yet. Giving your mobile number is a much safer option.
As fabulous as you are there may come a time when you're more popular than you can handle! If there is someone sending you messages that you'd prefer not receive then you can block members from viewing your profile and sending you messages at any time.
If you come across offensive behaviour then please block the member for your own sake and then report the offensive behaviour to us and we will investigate right away. There are links on all profiles for blocking and reporting. You shouldn't have to use either of these too often but it's important to know that they're there and also that we're here to help whenever you need us.
Meeting Each Other
It's a good idea to exchange recent photos before you plan to meet. Not only will that allow you to know exactly what to expect it will also make you feel much more relaxed and at ease (nobody wants to walk up to the wrong person!)
Make sure you meet in a busy public place like a bar or a pub. Choose one that you're totally familiar with. That way, if you don't like them at least you'll know where all the exits are! It may even be a good idea to have a friend tag along a bit of moral support never hurt anyone. If you'd rather not have a friend with you then make sure you let someone know about your date and where you're going. Keep your mobile phone switched on and perhaps arrange for someone to call you midway through the date to check that everything is ok.
Most of all Trust Your Instincts
As in everything you do it's important to trust your gut instincts. You know yourself better than anyone else so if you don't feel sure about someone or something then maybe it's a sign to move on. We're available for you to talk to about anything on our site so even if you think you're being overly cautious, don't be shy, send us your feedback and we'll be happy to set your mind at ease.