Women of all ages can certainly find online dating a rewarding and fruitful experience. Being safe during the process will require you to use combination of sound judgment and common sense. The safety rules in real life dating is almost the same as in online dating.
Of course, it is quite absurd for you to give your personal information, like real name, address, and contact number, to a man you only met in a bar. This goes the same with online dating. It is always best that you play it safe. Take time to get to know the person first before you tell him all these details. It is okay to give some vague details about your work but never give the exact information. It is okay to tell him what city you live in but never ever give him the exact address.
It is best that you limit the tools you use with the tools that are provided by the service. Most services offer chatting services. It is okay to stick with that. Never ever give them your private email address. If you wish to give him such detail, make sure that your IP address is not traceable.
Once you have decided that it is about time that you meet him, schedule your first meeting in a public place and make it daytime. It would also be wise for you to tag a friend along. In this case, you are rest assured that nothing bad will happen to you. If there is no one available, it is recommended that you notify your friends about the date and its details.
Keep in mind that you and you alone are in control. This is why you should not let anyone badger you into giving information you do not want to give.