Back

Staying Safe Online


For those of us who haven't grown up using computers, the Internet can seem daunting. We've all heard horror stories about online communities and the potential risk they pose to your personal information, personal finances and even personal safety. The truth is that these risks can be minimised if you take care. Below we have provided a few hints and tips to help keep you safe online. Whilst these suggestions do relate to online dating, much of the advice holds true for other aspects of online social activity so all internet users should find something useful here.

PASSWORDS
With any information used to log in to any service, it should be easy to remember but hard to guess. Names of Grandchildren, friends, pets or even your own name are very easy to remember but are also very easy to guess for anyone who knows you. Using anything obvious such as “password”, “123456″ or “qwerty” are a definite no-no, try to be imaginative. Think of something meaningful to you but a little more cryptic such as the model of your first car or the name of the street you grew up in. Things like this should come under the category of easy to remember but hard to guess. Golden Times will never ask for your password via e-mail, no reputable business would, if you receive such an email, please forward it on to us.
PERSONAL DETAILS
Everyone wants to appear open and friendly, especially when we're trying to meet someone new, however it's natural and sensible to want to be sure of someone before giving them any personal information. Golden Times Dating has a wonderful messaging system which allows you to communicate with other members without giving them any more information than you feel comfortable with. Never be afraid to tell someone you'd rather communicate using this system a little longer, if they are genuine they will understand and will not try to move things along too quickly.
SCAMS & SCAMMERS
Meeting people online really isn't all that different to meeting people in "real life", the same rules apply. If someone you barely know asks to borrow money or asks for any sort of financial information, alarm bells should ring, just as they would if you'd met the person at a pub or social event. If you have ANY concerns about the behaviour or conduct of another member, please use the “Report this profile” link to alert our team. We are committed to providing a safe and friendly introduction service and the sooner we're aware of a problem, the sooner it can be dealt with.
PERSONAL SAFETY
When meeting someone for the first time, common sense should always prevail, make sure you are in control and are 100% comfortable with the person you are meeting and where you meeting them. Always arrange to meet in a public place, always tell a friend or relative where you are going and who with. Don't be afraid to telephone a friend during the date to let them know you are OK. If your date is an honest and genuine person then they will understand and probably be impressed rather than offended, remember they may well be just as nervous as you!
KEEP CALM & CARRY ON!
In reality, the vast majority of people you will meet online are genuine, honest people just like you. They're often feeling apprehension but they're willing to put that to one side for the chance to meet a new friend or maybe something even deeper. As with all aspects of this modern world, it's always best to prepare for the worst but remain determined not to let the tiny minority of dodgy characters spoil the fun for everyone else. Exercise caution, use your common sense and take your time to get to know people, just as you would in any situation.

Back