There is no question about it: the world of online dating can be at once exhilarating and frightening, and both for good reasons. It can be thrilling to think your “other half” is somewhere out there in that big world, just waiting to connect with you through the Internet. On the other hand, it is also well-known that many frauds and heartbreaks are unearthed there as well. So how does one navigate possible dangers in order to benefit fully from a potentially real heart relationship? Be yourself. This is vitally important. It is natural to want to put your best foot forward, and that image is actually quite easy to maintain online. Dating profiles are designed to enhance your best qualities in order to catch someone's eye, but don't let it compromise who you truly are. If you want someone who is real, if you want to be loved and valued for who you truly are, don't try to be someone you aren't. Sincerity is priceless.