The Internet is a bastion of information. Anything from the history of Oshawa to reviews of hookup sites is readily at our fingertips on any given day. However, it’s because of this ever growing, ever collecting reservoir of information that we need to be careful in approaching adding anything to it. This is especially true on dating sites. While they might seem harmless over all, the fact of the matter is that dating websites end up as any other public space and it’s worth our time to keep an eye on our reputation there. If nothing else, it will keep us from having to constantly change which sites we’re using, but if we can at least keep a neutral reputation it will also prevent someone feeling justified enough to dig through our online identities to take us down a notch in person. Here’s a few tips that we’ve found keep you from a bit of Internet infamy.
On the Internet, Everything is Forever
As one famous television show once taped to the wall of a dour employee, “Never forget, you’re here forever.” While it may not be the happiest reminder of the memory of the Internet, it is certainly the most accurate. Whatever portrayal of yourself you put out there for people to see and interact with will remain a lot longer than the brief impressions of your office workers or neighbors. The fact of the matter is that while names and faces are easy to forget in person, a profile picture, or a forum post may live forever not only in the minds of people who see it but in the various backup services and the collective memory of every website, social service, or meme you’ve participated in. Likely, it’s even been stored on one of the many Internet archives that mindlessly backups up everything it can find.
The come away here is that while there’s a level of anonymity with online interactions, that does not make them completely unmemorable and that just because you can leave one site to go to another, don’t expect someone won’t be capable of identifying you. That goes double for online dating. Keep in mind that reviews of hookup sites often include bad experiences and that this can include not only the type of people they found on that site, but they may be naming names too. If you’re on a dating site and you develop a poor reputation there for any reason at all, someone’s probably written about it somewhere. Good luck if they found out your actual name. Not only can it lead to mentions in reviews of hookup sites, but you can bet than anything that received a particularly vitriolic response, probably ended up on a “beware of” website listing all of your known aliases as well as any other identifying information. Don’t expect it to go away even if you make nice after the fact.
Don’t Connect Other Social Media Accounts to Dating Sites
Never, for any reason, directly link a Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking platform to a dating website. Some, particularly in the case of Facebook, may prompt you for the sake of convenience, but in practice this is a very bad idea. First of all, you’re giving the website access to a lot of personal information that they just don’t need to know. There’s no need for some random hookup site to have access to your parent’s names and where your brother went to school. There’s just not. Moreover, you are inviting people in both websites to come see you on the other website. This bound to get you in trouble some way or another. For one thing, social networking platforms are not exactly known for their high privacy settings or security standards. It’s fairly easy for an unscrupulous person to come along, see the connection, and be able to use it against you, even if you never posted a word about it in either place. The connection was made and so it can be found.
Another reason to steer clear of integration like this is that most websites are going to want to advertise their services, which means they’ll be attempting to post to your social service in some way at some point and it won’t always be clear. At some point you’ll probably see yourself posting reviews of hookup sites without remembering why or how that ended up on your feed. The reason? A stray button clicked or box left checked when you agreed to something else on the website you’re trying to find a date on. Suddenly, everyone on your friends list knows you’re looking for an erotic playmate in Oshawa. Just try explaining that to your boss. Doesn’t sound too pleasant, does it? If you are planning to meet women online, you want to keep that a secret. Check our Reviews Of The Top Hookup Sites: We Compare Hookup Sites and promote genuine hookup dating website reviews.
Know Your Privacy Settings
Along those lines, you really want to be sure you know what sort of privacy settings every website has to offer when you’re considering signing up for it. Curiously, this aspect is often absent in reviews of hookup sites no matter where you go for them. Whatever the case, at least assume that whatever information you provide is going to be publically accessible and act accordingly. Just because you’re looking for a hookup does not mean you’ll have any more success acting like a sex obsessed pig here than you would frisking girls at a bar. Even if she’s just interested in a one night stand, most women aren’t going to be impressed with classless behavior. Save it for the bedroom if that’s what she’s into. Do expect everything you say, post and upload to be fair game, though, and keep your profile and information locked down as much as the privacy settings will allow. Just because you have seen the logic in acting like a respectable human being doesn’t mean it’s smart to leave that information out there unattended. Even the most basic effort can be enough to turn off someone who wants to record your bad behavior.
Don’t Upload the Photo If There’s Even One Person You Don’t Want to See It
This is probably one of the least followed, but most important things to remember about the Internet. If there is one person in the entire world that you don’t want to see a photo, putting it online in any way is the only way you can be positive they will have access to it. Now, we’re not saying grandma’s staying at home hacking into your email to find that compromising picture of you and a late night hook up. We would, however, like to point out that even just emailing a photo to yourself means it’s on a server somewhere and that someone with enough determination can get to it. If you don’t have a very good password, it wouldn’t even be particularly difficult to find. So if someone else does find it, you may end up blackmailed (in the case of really getting on someone’s bad side, or into politics) or at the very least asked for money to remove the offending picture. Hint: it will never disappear. At worst, someone can decide to use said photo for marketing purposes and now that image you didn’t want grandma to see on TV instead of the Internet. Whoops.