This is a sponsored post in partnership with BraVoMark and SafetyPin Technologies.
Bloggers like me are used to making friends online. The photo above was taken of myself, Louise and our fellow blogging BFFs Carol and Jana at my wedding last summer! But I was making friends online long before social media and blogging ever existed. One of my close friends is someone I met through an X-Files fan mailing list back in 1998! But how do you know that your virtual friend is for real – and you’re not being catfished? There’s a lot of ways to vet that someone is trustworthy before you meet; and one of those ways is by using SafetyPIN.
If you’ve ever wished there was a TSA pre-check for the Internet, then you will love this! SafetyPIN is service that allows users to apply for a “Virtual Trust Badge”, which proves that they have passed four different screening requirements: Identity verification, a criminal and financial background check, and a behavioral screening, which involves completing a questionnaire developed by a clinical psychologist and criminal profilers with the goal of identifying those who may present a danger – regardless of whether they have a criminal background or not. And it’s an ongoing membership, rather than a one-time screening, which mean that users must be regularly re-screened in order to keep their SafetyPIN status.
Once the requirements have been met, the approved user is given a badge that they may share via their online profiles or messaging, which you can see an example of here. Users are in control of who may verify their SafetyPIN, and their private information is never shared with another party – all personal data is encrypted following best practices. Having a SafetyPIN badge simply communicates that a user has been thoroughly vetted without compromising their private details.
Applications are usually approved within 24 hours, and it’s extremely affordable: Just $1 to apply, then $6 for the first 6 months. After that, it will run you less than $5 per month to maintain, and you can cancel at any time. You can set up a membership for yourself, for another person, or both:
- To apply and pay for yourself, visit: http://www.getasafetypin.com/apply
- To pay for someone else to get a SafetyPIN, such as a babysitter, visit http://www.getasafetypin.com and register. Sign in, then select “Vouchers” from the drop down menu. Follow the prompts and enter the information for the person you are paying for, along with your method of payment. You can pay for their application fee, an ongoing membership, or both.
SafetyPIN is currently available to US residents – so before you allow someone into your home and around your loved ones, consider the higher level of trust that SafetyPIN could offer you. If you’re looking for peace of mind when hiring a housekeeper, pet sitter, or even just meeting up with a new online BFF, then you need your virtual BFF – SafetyPIN!