Restrict communication to the app, and consider using a pseudo-phone number (such as Google Voice) instead of your real one.

Consider making your profiles private, and not linking your phone number to any of them. You may also choose to use different photos for dating profiles and social media accounts so that they can’t be found through Google Images, for example.

Meet in a public area during the daytime.

Consider also sending them a screenshot of your date’s profile, and sharing your location with them from your phone. Feel free to also get a second opinion if you think something doesn’t feel right. At the end of the day, trust your gut!

If you need to make a quick exit, you will have to have a plan in place and if things don’t go well, you might not want them to know where you live.

Ultimately, you have the right to do what you want to do to make yourself feel safe. You also have the right to use dating apps and not be subjected to harm. Many dating apps have community guidelines, so if someone isn’t respecting you, it is okay to report their profile.