Protect yourself from online dating

Already you’ve gone a long way to protecting yourself online, but there is still some work to do.

The next thing you’ll want to do is find which of your sites and applications support two-factor authentication.

Within seconds the person had changed my password, locked me out, and deleted all my archived email.

I tried everything I could to attract the attention of Google’s support team, but to no avail.

For these accounts you can maintain a single password that spans all of them.

But for each of your accounts that would really hurt to lose, you should consider a unique password.

) you are going to be sure to follow step #3 below.

It was only when I asked for help from my Twitter followers that I regained access to the account.

In other words, if I didn’t have so many Twitter followers, I would have permanently lost my account.

It will take a minute or two to set up each of them, but it is time well-invested.


Once you have done this, a criminal not only needs your login name and password, but he also needs access to your cell phone (at least in theory). But you’re still weak in one area—your passwords are complex and unprotected, just sitting there on that piece of paper. You can always put that paper in a safe place and return to it if and when you forget a password, but there is a better option: a password manager. I recommend 1Password and have relied on it for many years, but you are free to check out others like Lastpass and Keepass.

Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact.


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