You’re ready to meet with someone you’ve met on Hello, and you’re nervous with excitement, and you’re ready, but is it safe to do so? There are a number of things you can do to ensure meeting with that potentially special someone is safe for you and you for them. Before meeting people, take a quick look at our Dating Safety Tips below to make sure everything’s fine and safe moving forward.Protect Your Account
Number One Golden Rule: keep your account safe. Keeping your account safe is a surefire way to ensure people do not use your identity without your permission or knowledge.
Creating a strong password, using uppercase and lower-case letters, numbers, and even symbols will ensure nobody can guess your password.Stay On The Platform
This means to try and keep conversations on Hello (it also means to keep your conversations under our jurisdiction). In case goes awry, or a threat is made, or some kind of illegality or term and condition is breached, we can step in to judicate or assist you - once you leave the platform, and something goes wrong, unfortunately it is out of our hands.Be Wary of Long Distance and Overseas Relationships
It’s exciting when you’re speaking with someone that’s in your vicinity, but if your distance settings are set to distances further than a few suburbs from you, or even in a different country, it must be reminded that these people are far away, and long-distance relationships can be taxing for a number of reasons.Never Send Money Or Your Financial Information
Never, under any circumstances, ever send money or your financial information over Hello. Nobody from Hello will ever contact you regarding financial details, and Hello will never directly ask for your payment information.
Hello operates no third party apps, so be mindful when paying for particular offers and services off the official Hello Dating app.
Never send anyone money or your financial information, regardless of how unfortunate, dire, endangered, or how well you know anyone you meet on Hello. In addition to this, never give out personal information, which we will cover next.Protect Your Personal Information
As stated above, never give out personal information, regardless of who you meet. You could be speaking with these people for weeks, even months, yet it is still advised to not give out personal information, such as: When you were born Where you were born Your address The address of children (if not living with you) Children’s school Your work address Date of birth Social security number Financial information Your Hello login informationReport All Suspicious and Offensive Behaviour
Any of the above is considered suspicious or offensive behaviour. It is important to think carefully about these sorts of acts, so ensure to report these people if you witness any of it. It is important to keep Hello safe and clean for our users so that everyone can find what or who they’re looking for in life and love.Meet in a Safe and Public Place
Now that it’s time to meet that special someone, you need to do it safely. Regardless of how they seem online, their backstories, their history, their persona, their nature, it’s important to meet in an open and public place. There, you’ll be able to gauge if they match who they claim to be online. From there, you can make a judgment call on who they are and if you’d like to see them again, or not, or pursue something in particular with them.Feel Comfortable In Your Environment
Now that you’ve met them, it’s important to be yourself and be relaxed. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not - remember, they’re looking for the same thing you are. Be sure to make sure wherever you’re meeting it’s a place you’re comfortable with - else, don’t agree to meet. Anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or out of place should be a dealbreaker, so be cautious and patient with meeting.
In addition to this, when you feel ready to leave, don’t remain silent - speak up and leave. Never stay if you’re feeling uncomfortable.Speak Up And Tell Somebody
No matter when, where, who, or how you meet with someone on Hello, make sure to let someone you trust know that you’re doing it, along with all the whens, wheres, whos, and hows. Tell a friend, a family member. Also, make sure to keep contact lines open during the meet - keep your phone charged at all times.Know Your Transportation
Make sure that once you’ve gotten a location selected that you have a mode of transportation lined up. Be it driving yourself, walking, public transportation - make sure everything is organised to get to and from your location.Don’t Leave Drinks or Personal Items Unattended
Make sure you never leave any food or drinks unattended. Know where your food and drinks come from and where they go. In addition to this, never leave your clutch, purse, or phone unattended, either.