Choose an online name that can’t identify you, and make sure it’s not suggestive because that’s just asking for trouble.
Don’t give out personal information in the early days, and when you feel ready to share a little more, keep it vague, no last names, and no address; knowing the town you live in is enough.
If you decide to chat outside of the site, use a different email account. They are easy to set up and ones like Hotmail, GMail and Yahoo email are free.
There’s no need to rush into meeting someone that you’ve met online, and don’t let them rush you, even if you feel that you know them really well. He might tell you he looks like Justin Bieber and is a good boy, but he could be a dirty old man in a mac really! Even if he sends you a photo, you cannot be sure that’s him.
If you do want to take things further, just chat on the phone and block your number.
If you decide that you would like to meet this person, do it in a public place, with friends, in the daytime and make sure that someone knows where you are going. Don’t go home with him, and don’t leave your friends and go with him somewhere else on your own.
There have been many successful romances that started out online and yours could be one of them. Just take it slow, and above all, be safe.