They will, however, help to protect you if you follow them.
The good news is that the vast majority of people you find online are sincere in their desire to meet a long-term partner, a casual sex partner, or a friend.
Use caution when accessing you account from a public or shared computer.
Do not allow your password or screen name to be stored in a public computer.
The following suggestions will not, of course, guarantee your physical and emotional safety.
Ask direct questions and listen for inconsistencies.
Ask for their name, where they live and work, what they like and do not like.
So, provided you take some simple steps to protect yourself, meeting an online acquaintance IRL is generally no more dangerous than spending time with a person you met some other way.
Notwithstanding the advice given in item #3, it's telling that many people think all but item #3 sound like safety tips for escorts meeting new clients.
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