Many online dating sites have an anonymous email facility that allows you to chat with the other person anonymously. Since you have to log into the dating site for you to use the service, many people get bored logging in and they decide to use their personal addresses.
If you decide to use your personal address, you should set up an email account that you will only use for online dating.
When setting up the account, it's recommended that you use the free email service such as Google or Yahoo! You should also ensure that you don't include your real name in the address. The main purpose of doing this is to ensure that you don't give out a lot of information about yourself.
Most dating sites will ask you to create a profile about yourself. You need to be careful when giving your personal details. It's recommended that you don't use your real names; however, if you are comfortable using your name, you should only use the first one.
You should avoid giving out your home phone number because people can easily trace your home address from the phone number.
When a person has your two names, your home address, and phone number, he/she can get access to your income details and other information that he/she can use to harm you.
Progression of the relationship
A healthy relationship takes time to grow. This means that you have to message each other back and forth for sometime before you decide to meet in person. If you contact someone and he/she suggests that you meet immediately, you should refuse to do it. This is because the person can harm you when you meet.