Creating your online dating profile: protect your identity and personal information Be Anonymous - Choose a username that doesn’t let everyone know who you are.

Take things slowly and share more information when you feel comfortable doing so.

It is impossible to get back information once you have given it away.

- Stop communicating with anyone who attempts to pressure you into providing your personal or financial information or who seems to be trying to trick you into providing it.

The vast majority of people using dating sites are sincere and honest in the information they provide and in their reasons for joining.

However, there are exceptions, and you need to be aware of how to keep yourself - and your bank account and savings - protected while meeting people online.

The Risks Privacy Maintain privacy and avoid identity theft or fraud.

Preventing Identity Theft Your identity is precious. Viruses & Spyware A basic understanding of computer viruses and spyware.

Skype and Internet Calls Use the Internet to make calls safely.

You should check if the dating site you are using is a member of the Online Dating Association (ODA).