Is Badoo Safe and Legit for Dating?

Last updated: June 2, 2017 - 12:58pm EDT

Before you start using an online dating site that is new to you, you probably want to look into whether it is safe for you to use. Now that you know what Badoo is and how it works, we’ll tell you about how safe Badoo.com is, and give you some tips for how you can stay safe using Badoo.

How safe is Badoo?

Badoo is generally safe to use. Users can verify their profiles with pictures, phone numbers, or by linking social media. Having many ways to verify a profile deters fake profiles or fraud. To add to your safety, set your profile settings so you only get messages from users with verified profiles.

Badoo account verification methods

And is it a legit website to try online dating?

Badoo is a legitimate website. It is one of the most popular online dating sites today, with over 330 million users, and ways to verify identity. However, while the site itself is legit, not all of the users necessarily are. But there are precautions you can take to add to your safety while using Badoo. Read on to learn more.

5 safety tips when using Badoo

1. Only chat with users who have verified their profiles.

Having to verify a profile may deter people from making fake profiles, so it’s a good idea to steer clear of those who haven’t verified theirs. If they haven’t bothered to verify, there’s probably a good reason, unless they are a brand new user. Users who have chosen to use several of the verification options offered are more likely to be safer people to interact with.

Badoo verified status settings

2. Change your privacy settings as soon as you sign up for an account.

Make sure that these settings are in line with your personal preferences and comfort level. You may be surprised about how easy online dating apps make it for other people to find you, so adjusting these settings to your own level of comfort will protect you (and should always be done right away).

Edit Badoo privacy settings

3. Never reveal personal or financial information to another user.

Never give out any of your personal or financial information – nobody should be asking you for your address, social security number, or banking information. Avoid putting any revealing information about your identity in your profile, or in messages. Do not give anyone your personal information unless you feel comfortable enough to meet them in person.

4. Report any users who act suspiciously.

If anyone asks you for personal information or money, sends threatening messages, or otherwise behaves inappropriately, be sure to report them to Badoo, so they can prevent this from happening to anyone else.

5. Be cautious about agreeing to meet with another  user.

Don’t meet up with anyone you meet on Badoo in person unless you feel sure you can trust them. If you do go on a date, make sure you meet in a public place where there are other people around (in case anything happens to go wrong). Arrange your own transportation as well, and be sure to check in with a friend or family member at the end of the date.

 

Those are our Badoo safety tips. If you want more tips for how to date online safely, check out our guide to safe online dating here. In our next article, we’ll also go into detail about whether or not Badoo is free to use, so you can decide if you want to sign up for an account.

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