Lawmakers in states including Connecticut, Texas, and New York also want to pass laws dealing with online dating safety. Bills under consideration would require dating sites provide more information about the risks of online dating and offer safety tips for singles. Match.com already offers some, including: guard your identity by not sharing your real name, phone number, or address; remain anonymous until you feel comfortable; get to know the person online before meeting him offline; always meet in public and tell a friend where you're going; stay sober; drive yourself to and from the first date.
A lot of these tips, like meet in a public place at first and tell a friend where you're going, are smart practices followed by smart single girls long before the Internet. But when you've met someone online, do you have any special rules you follow?