Never put your full name, address or phone number on your profile. Do some basic background checks on your potential dates to see if they are being truthful with who they are. A lot of dating sites screen their users, so you should feel more at ease when using those kinds of sites. Never let your date pick you up from your house on the first date. When meeting someone for the first time, always meet in public places, preferably in the daytime. If you have any doubts about someone, then politely turn them down and move on to the next candidate.
Online dating provides so many opportunities to meet new people and potential partners, but there are precautions you need to take to get the most out of it safely.