Online passport allows us to verify trusted faces

For weeks we have been vociferous about mobile applications, such as the tru.ly app, which verifies members’ online dating profiles against government records; but, up until now, such confirmation has only been available in certain states in the US. It has been hoped that dating sites follow example of their less static counterparts by incorporating this technique in their own web pages.

Now, a similar option has availed itself to UK dating sites, with the launch of Trusted Faces, which is heading up its marketing campaign with the slogan ‘Online people you can trust’. I can almost hear the millions of UK dating site members cheering a hearty ‘About time!’, right now.

how the online passport works

The new ‘online passport’ will not only benefit dating and matchmaking sites the length and breadth of the UK; it’s further attraction reaches out to online business entrepreneurs, backing up financial and account activity without the hassle of verifying identity through third parties that customers are who they say they are.

Using secure centric online technology verified with a face-to-face UK Post Office® check, each registered user gets their unique online certificate number. This can then be verified on the Trusted Faces site – the photo on the dating site profile should match the online passport photo which you check via a ‘ticket’ which your online dating site member will issue you with.

As well as the photographs matching, the passport also includes contact information, such as e-mail address, e-bay registered user information and profiles such as facebook and twitter.

Once an individual has created their profile, they have the option to add it to Trusted Faces Who’s Who Directory where you can verify those e-mail addresses, e-bay stores, etc., to confirm that they are owned by the passport-holder, as they claim.

how will this help online dating members?

Alongside the many business uses for online passport verification, this can only push dating sites credibility even higher. The last barricade to many potential singles, who have previously foregone the opportunity to search for love online due to security issues can potentially now be eliminated, opening the floodgates for many more users to join the growing phenomenon that is online dating.

The benefits for dating site users are instant. If a member wishes to search for partners only by those who are verified, a safe area can be created to facilitate that requirement. If ever dating sites needed to create membership to attract more users, this has to be the way forward; even those using assumed names can now verify themselves.

Are you using dating sites on the sly?

Wifi hotspots, iphones, androids – if you want to check who’s responded to your dashingly, devastating dating site messages, you can do it almost anywhere, these days.

Gone are the days when you had to pray to the gods of javascript to close your browser swiftly in order to hide the latest online dating profiles, if, whilst surfing the free online singles sites at home, there turned an unexpected key at the front door.

Thankfully, if perusing prospective relationships on line is your thing (even though you are betrothed to another), you can accommodate this pasttime far and wide.  This is a far cry from being tethered to the dial-up connections of the past, when dating websites were only as remote as the length of your telephone wire.

According to one dating service, browsing the internet for online singles remains a commonplace activity for those who perhaps oughtn’t be doing so.  The results of their survey, put to 25,000 of its members, suggested that juggling blindfold with machetes was perhaps preferable to looking for love online when you already had a partner in situ, ignorant of your daliances.

Okay, we can make allowances; almost two thirds of those surveyed were male. Not that I’m saying men are less intelligent, but are perhaps prone to showing off any ‘sexts’ received from a dating site member to their mates, hence more likely to leave the evidence on the sim or M2 card in their mobile.

Now, one would assume that a level of common sense would prevail and that, upon returning home after receiving a message from someone obviously keen on building a relationship outside of your existing one, you would delete it.  But no.

An amazing 58% of those caught not quite with their pants down, but nonetheless hard pushed to refute the evidence when it’s there in the hand-held, attributed the reason to messages received via a third party personals site.

Pro-rata, the result was similar for both sexes, with admitting being caught by their partners because of a carelessly undeleted dating site cell-message accounting for approximately 3 times the polled answers than that of its closest rival, the good old PC.  So, obviously the gods of Javascript are still gainfully employed but possibly on shorter time, these days, like so many other uk dating site visitors.

Looking forward, however, the integration of GPS on our phones means your partner could quite feasibly track the whereabouts of your mobile if you were to sneak out on a date; therefore, it would advisable to stay in the proximity of where you said you were going to be if you do decide to nip out for a stab at speed dating.

Remember, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and it would be awful to get home one night, only to find that your service provider had been irrevocably been cut off…