Safety Tips for chatting and dating on PlanetRomeo

Our site is open to all honest, adult, gay, bisexual or transgender men anywhere in the world. Just like in the real world, it's important to observe a few key safety rules when online. Of course there's no such thing as 100% security but you can do quite a lot to reduce the risks.

General Points
Your password should be longer than 8 letters and also contain some numbers. When choosing your password, don't use anything that's easy to guess (like your username or a variation of your username). Never tell other people which login data you use – GayRomeo teamsters will never ask you for your login data. Only use the “Remember details” function on your login when you're certain that other people don't have access to your PC. Check that the email address you have given really is correct and that you're the only one with access to your email account.


Designing your Profile
Don't forget that your profile is likely to be read by people who aren't as well-intentioned towards you as you would like. But apart from the plain malicious, you have to consider that there are web crawlers and automatic robots out there trawling the web for email addresses and other choice bits of information. And some things are only dangerous when brought together – like your home address combined with the helpful tip you've left that you're off on holiday!

Some things are just better omitted from your profile text like:

Never upload any third-party photos from the Internet onto your profile. In the worst case scenario the real copyright holder could prosecute you for unauthorised use or send you an outrageous bill for use of his property.

Dishonest Users
Users who play fast and loose with the truth as usually referred to as “fakers”. Their deceitfulness can range from fairly harmless misleading statements (like giving the wrong age!) to completely fictitious profiles. There are a number of reasons why people do this. Harmless fakers are generally out for hot pix or cybersex or want the excitement of taking on a fantasy role. But there are still serious cases which end in fraud, scams, theft or blackmail.

So when you're chatting:

Be very wary of giving your telephone number, address or other confidential information
If the other guy's profile seems a bit odd or strange, don't send all your own private photos straight away

And before your first meeting:

How can I recognise a faker?
The best protection against fakers is not to let all the blood lite out of your brain for those nether regions. No genuine user will take it badly if you have a few polite enquires about things that don't seem clear to you. Not every profile without photos is automatically a fake profile, but the owner of the profile could at least send you a PHOTO MESSAGE. In an age of webcams, scanners and cheap digital cameras, there's really no valid reason for not putting up a few personal shots.

Some Tell-tale Signs of Fakers:

Probably genuine:
Every profile has a “Friends and Clubs” section where you can see how many other users have stored the profile owner as “KNOWN PERSONALLY”. If there a number of them and they're visibly shown, you can take that as a good sign that the user is probably genuine. But even so, don't be afraid to get in touch with one or two of these linked users and ask them in a friendly way if they really do know the user PERSONALLY. But please remember that if a user doesn't have any entries in this section, that does not automatically mean that he's a faker.
Other points to look for which generally indicate that a user really is who he seems to be include a variety of different photos, various different entries in the Guestbook and a well-rounded, well-balanced profile text.

Online at your workplace
If you go online at your place of work avoid misunderstanding and inform yourself beforehand about the regulations governing the private use of the Internet. For instance, your employer or your co-workers could check which sites you're visiting during working hours or even read your messages. In a worst case scenario private use of the Internet during working hours could be grounds for dismissal!