Sandy Weiner, dating expert and founder of, tells you how to stay safe when meeting strangers through online dating sites and apps. First, make sure that your online dating profile keeps you relatively anonymous. You never want to have your name in your e-mail address—instead, get a dedicated e-mail address that you use specifically for dating. Make sure that all of your social-media settings are set to private. Don’t give out your profession in your profile if that will reveal your identity. A Google Voice phone number can add another layer of protection and privacy. Always meet new dates in a public location. Following these tips will keep you safe, guard your privacy and allow you to give out personal information at your own pace.

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