That is sound advice, but we have more tips for staying safe when you use online dating sites. Probably not, and so you shouldn’t give away such information on a dating site, or anywhere else on the web for that matter.The same goes for your phone number, full name and even your Facebook profile which can, of course, give away a huge amount of personal information to anyone who cares to take a look at it (also read our 5 tips to make your Facebook account safer).As much as everyone should be careful about the information they share on dating sites, and the internet at large, chances are that some data will be publicly accessible.Use this to your advantage to see what you can learn about your would-be partner – consider using a Google image search to see if their profile picture is unique or lifted from elsewhere on the web (a lazy trick operated by many online fraudsters). If someone you’ve never met in real life asks you for money, don’t give it to them, irrespective of how you may feel about them or the stories they’ve told you.
Even though you think you know someone from chatting to them online, be aware that they may be completely different in real life.Perhaps influenced by the approaching Halloween, the first in a scary-looking series of images puts forward one of the key myths about signing up to a dating site: Always be cautious about the people you meet online, especially if they start asking for money to help a family member, to visit you or pay medical bills etc.Never send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you don't know and trust.Manisha Thakor, above, co-authored "Get Financially Naked: How To Talk Money With Your Honey." In the book, she and co-author Sharon Kedar advocate opening a conversation about money -- even if it's difficult. Credit Cards.com: First off, snaps on the title of your book. (chuckles) We had to get people's attention, because it wasn't a topic that they innately want to discuss.Financial choices have become trickier and talking about them have become taboo, neither of which is conducive to good relationships, or to long term wealth. Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar, two certified financial analysts, hope to break the ice and save a few million relationships in the process with "Get Financially Naked: How To Talk Money With Your Honey," their step-by-painful-step guide to talking about the least romantic topic ever. Couples would rather discuss erectile dysfunction than talk about this, honestly. Talking about money really is more intimate than talking about sex.The authors contend that starting a dialog early about money and finance can make relationships stronger and better able to weather the storms of misfortune. It is amazing to me the lengths to which couples will go to avoid discussing what I like to call the pink elephant in the bedroom. Manisha Thakor: The reason I typically give is, we're not educated about personal finance but we're expected to understand it. Credit hooked up with Manisha Thakor for a chat about love -- and the M word.These are just a few examples of what you can do to improve your own personal safety and security when using dating sites and meeting people online.If you have any of your own tips to share please leave them in the comments below.Credit Cards.com: So we shouldn't be surprised that the subject doesn't come up when dating.Manisha Thakor: Society doesn't encourage us to consider financial responsibility as one of the elements that we evaluate or incorporate in a relationship. Credit Cards.com: It does seem like kind of a buzz kill.