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Website match.com claims that one in five relationships start online. We all have busy lives, so for those of you that are single, it's harder and harder to meet people to date. 

The dating scene has moved to cell phone apps that use your GPS location at that very moment to suggest other singles at your location that are also looking to meet people.  Cyber Expert Theresa Payton tells you how to use technology to your advantage without being taken advantage of: 

"If someone uses this app long enough, they may see you on there several times, which means a stranger knows your favorite places and where you hang out," she explains.

Theresa also adds that nothing is ever "private" on the internet so photos, GPS locations, and other dating information is just another hunting ground for stalkers.

If you are into digital dating, Theresa says you should stay away from sharing GPS locations and pictures of yourself at your favorite places.

"Use only trusted dating sites that do some background checks and screening," she says. 

Drive your own vehicle to the date and let a friend or loved one know where you will be. Have a proposed "check in" time with them to let them know you are home safely.

"You can use these services to see who is available without identifying yourself as available, so that might be another option," Theresa adds. "Just make sure you screen people first, because the old school rule, 'Don't talk to strangers' always applies!"

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