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.

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.

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.

Don't include your surname or any other identifying information such as your place of work either in your profile or when you first make contact.

- Remember that overtly sexual, provocative or controversial usernames could attract the wrong kind of attention. Stay in control when it comes to how and when you share information.

Don't include your contact information such as your email address, home address, or phone number in your profile or initial communications.

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).