Online Safety

What to expect from online dating

What To Expect From Online Dating

Knowing what to expect from online dating will give you a better and safer online dating experience. There are different reasons why people choose online dating. It can be because they are new in town, have a job with a tough schedule that won’t allow a regular social life, or simply they tried everything and it didn’t work. We have seen it all. The truth is that most people who decide to try online dating have good and sincere intentions. However,  oftentimes expectations can be unrealistic.

Online dating platforms don’t equal matchmaking services

Online dating platforms are not necessarily matchmaking platforms. Just because you build a profile doesn’t mean you’ll get 10 options to choose your prince charming based on a “perfect match” a couple of minutes later. It is also not a promise that you will get that perfect match. Many factors are involved in your success. The right person may or may not be there for you. Also, your effort will affect how successful you are at this. Your online dating expectations may not match the other person’s. At Latin Conexiones, we want to give you the opportunity to meet other Latinos you wouldn’t meet otherwise.

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Timing in online dating and bots

What to expect from online dating

People may not connect with you right away. In fact, it may take days for someone to contact you. There are platforms where you get hooked up with a message right away. However, this message is not always written by an actual person. Keep in mind many online dating sites use bots. At LatinConexiones, we have real profiles handled by real people. So, everyone handles their own reach outs and they are truly written by an actual person. To keep the experience as real as possible and avoid misunderstandings, we do not allow bots on our site.
Online dating can be very time-consuming. Be careful with how much time you spend reaching out and focus on how many dates you actually get and are able to meet. Quality is more important than quantity! Check out some online dating mistakes to avoid.

 

Pricing of online dating

It’s natural to think at first that you shouldn’t have to pay to meet other people. If you are in the street and you happen to meet someone, you don’t pay. If you are on Instagram and send a message to some profile you found who agrees to go on a date, you don’t pay either. However, you usually go to an online dating platform because those other ways didn’t work for you. So now, you are going to a place set up by a company who pays to build the site, maintain it, and makes sure your information is secure. LatinConexiones is a place that gives you a safe environment to talk to other people who you already know are looking for the same thing. This is not you going out to meet people, this is someone else providing you the platform for you to have more chances to find that person. An this is the reason why online dating platforms have a cost.

Finding Mr. or Mrs. Right WHEN DATING ONLINE

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The truth is that you may still not find that person or it can take a while. Just because you are going online, it doesn’t mean you are going to have a lot of dates knocking at your door. You also have to do your job and build a complete and realistic profile and pursue others. You can’t expect for people to come after you. Online dating just like with offline dating, require time and patience. It will also require interacting with many people, getting rejected and going on many dates just as in your normal life. Remember, the online dating platform is just there to provide you direct access to more people looking for the same thing who you may not be able to meet otherwise. It does not ensure a happy ever after story. That is on you.

 

Online dating sites and SECURITY

Just like at work, in the street, or at a party, there will be inappropriate people who will come in with not the best intentions. However, unlike in the offline world, on our site, we look for ways to catch these people and close their profiles. We believe in love and giving our clients a safe space to find it. Also, when in doubt, always go with your gut and report anything you think is suspicious. People are not always who they seem. We have a very strict privacy and security policy and review every case reported thoroughly to avoid theonline dating safetyse situations.

On the other hand, when we talk about love and dating we need to understand that not everyone has the same concept of love, dating, and what a relationship should be like. So, before putting yourself out there, figure out what you want and make sure your profile and interactions with other members reflect it. This will help you have more successful encounters and dates and reduce frustration.

 

Answering to everyone who REACHES OUT

Part of the online dating expectation tends to be that if someone tries to connect with you, you have to respond and connect back. Remember it’s ok to say no or not answer if you don’t feel comfortable. Don’t feel bad for handing of a rejection. If you entertain something you are not truly interested in you will not just be wasting your time but also the other person’s. However, try to always be nice on your rejections. There are ways to do things. Think about what you would like to be told if you were on the other end.

Imitating others and making yourself look good WHEN DATING ONLINE

If you start by faking your profile and not being true to yourself on the interactions, chances are you will fail at online dating. The reason being that you can’t base any relationship on lies or a distorted reality. Not only you will suffer and the other person too, but you may also even get kicked out of the platform if it obvious. Remember, you are looking for a real relationship. For that, you need to be real and true to yourself. Check out some of our tips on how to create your online dating profile.

Overall, online dating is a safe growing practice that allows more people to connect and increase the possibilities of finding that special someone. Understand your online dating expectations and make sure they are realistic. And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

PRIVACY POLICY AND INFORMATION SECURITY

ON THE NEWS
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News on social media privacy policy and third-party information risk are all over the media after Facebook’s security breach. This has put any form of social platform under scrutiny.

Facebook’s security breach impacted 30 million users. Fourteen million of them had their names, contact details, and sensitive information exposed including recent location check-ins.

Aside from social platforms, well-known firms such as Saks, Panera or UnderArmour were also involved in security breaches in 2018 with hundreds of millions of records breached.

According to DatingNews.com, dating sites are also vulnerable. In the last three years, the industry has had to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to victims of security breaches and identity theft.

Social platforms are having to re-think their privacy policies to avoid both security and privacy breaches. These are related but not the same.  Therefore, it’s important to understand how this impacts your personal information.

WHAT IS A SECURITY BREACH 

“A data breach is the intentional or unintentional release of secure or private/confidential information to an untrusted environment.”

It is one of the earliest stages of a security attack by a malicious intruder. They happen when the security policy and procedures get violated.

When information is used or released by a third and malicious third party, we have a security breach. It is intentional. That company or person uses the data for their own agenda.

WHAT IS A PRIVACY BREACH

“A privacy breach is the loss of, unauthorized access to, or disclosure of personal information.”

This is when personal information is stolen, lost, or mistakenly shared even if it is not published. It may also be a consequence of feeble business procedures.

The best way to avoid a privacy issue is to set up measures to make it hard for intruders to abuse the system or for someone to share personal information by mistake. In social media, when you access through another social media profile, you increase risk. Therefore, one way to avoid that risk is not to allow third-party logins.  This makes it difficult for bots to fill out fake profiles. At LatinConexiones, we don’t allow third-party logins.

Impersonation is very common on dating sites and it can happen in two ways: someone pretends to be you or someone pretends to be someone else to hurt you. It’s our commitment to keep your personal information safe. We make it a priority to detect fake profiles and to make sure you have a pleasant experience with our platform.

WHAT ARE PRIVACY POLICIES

The law requires privacy policies. Privacy laws worldwide dictate that if you collect personal information from website visitors, then you need to have a Privacy Policy posted to your site. Many third-party services used to enhance website performance also require you to have a Privacy Policy.

These policies establish how and when they will use your personal information in the company. At LatinConexiones, we have established a very strict and strong policy to protect you. You can read it here.

As a member of our community, you can also help us avoid breaches and protect your privacy by reporting any suspicious behaviors here.

WHAT IS LATINCONEXIONES DOING TO KEEP MY INFORMATION SECURE & PRIVATE?

We want to ensure you are comfortable and protected when using LatinConexionesMember privacy and security is our top priority. Here are some systems we have put in place:

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  • Our site requires little personal information from members. The less information we keep, the less risk.
  • We don’t allow signup through other social platforms or any third party apps for that matter. This helps avoid others logging in for you.
  • Unlike Facebook, our platform does not permit other businesses to advertise on our site. We don’t want anyone else to have access to your information.
  • Our  Internet Dating Excellence Association status keeps us focused on safety and privacy.
  • We hunt for fake profiles, message bots, and any other type of bots powered by artificial intelligence as part of our dating site’s privacy best practices and security. We have no tolerance for impersonators.
  • Our web host is Amazon Webhosting. They are one of the top web hosting services in the world and the same web hosting service used by some of the world’s biggest financial institutions for their high levels of security and constant technology updates.

OUR SECURITY AND PRIVACY POLICY PROMISE

It’s our commitment that you feel safe in our community, and we are always looking for ways to protect our members. We will hunt down and ban those who create fake profiles and try to compromise our community. It’s our hope that you have a genuine and safe experience in the community we worked so hard to build.

If you have any questions or suggestions, we invite you to contact us.

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Safety Statement

LatinConexiones.com is committed to help you have safe, fun, comfortable and successful experiences on our site. Safety is one of our highest priorities and we will continue to help you protect your personal information, your personal well-being and have safe and trouble-free experiences. We stress that your safety is your responsibility and you are in control of your new relationships but we offer the following recommendations to help. We will continue to add resources and sites that have additional safety tips for you to follow as you build your new relationships.

Just as in offline dating most people have good intentions and are also safe people but we must always be cautious and wary of the small percentage who have less than honorable intentions. During online dating it is easier to meet many more people and become excited about the opportunities. Remember, that while we strive to protect your interests it is not possible to ensure 100% that all members have your same interests in mind.

Select an anonymous username that does not include your name and you haven’t used it anyplace else. Likewise, select a unique password for LatinConexiones that you have not used anywhere else. After you enroll on LatinConexiones.com set up an email account that will be used only for any new correspondence generated with your new online relationships. Consider using photos that have been taken only for use on LatinConexiones.com and not anywhere else. Use a separate set of images and selfies or photos. Keep in mind it is possible to run a Google Image Search and another person can discover everywhere that you have appeared on the internet.

If you want additional photos of your new interest ask for photos that show him, or her, in a variety of situations with other people and at different times of their life. Ask a lot of questions when communicating. You should be looking for consistency; a string of integrity. Ask a question and later ask the question again in a different way and a different conversation. You are looking for consistency and honesty.

Do not disclose your identity, phone number or personal contact information until you are comfortable doing so. Keep your communications on the LatinConexiones site until you are absolutely certain you want to move them. Bad characters will try to move them as quickly as possible.

Trust your instincts and remember that your excitement and your instincts are jacked a little – Use common sense. Always be cautious and remind yourself that you know almost nothing about the new people you are meeting. Everything you have learned is being shared with you by someone who is behind a computer screen. If something feels bad, or wrong, it probably is. In the excitement and fun and emotion of meeting someone who may be that person it is easy to let the guard down and forget the natural self-protection.

You can run a background check but remember if a person conducts bad online behavior but has never been caught a background check won’t help. Keep you antennae alert for unusual requests for money, requests for off-color photos, abusive or offensive language, questionable solicitations or intrusive questioning. You are in charge of what you reveal. Block and report suspicious users or anyone who violates our terms of use.

You are in control of your online presence. Do not let anyone take away that control.