As someone who’s had to learn a few hard-and-fast lessons about how to be conscientious of my sexual health at all times, the initial idea that cybersex or, more specifically, Skype sex, is anything but safe had me confused. When you consider the growth in the online dating world, where people are increasingly finding, meeting and getting to know potential partners, it's not surprising that so many people are knocking boots over the Web too.

Skype provides users with the option to fill out a personal profile where you can add information such as a name, email address, place of residence, website and more.

This is designed to help friends and family find you more easily.

However, this is a completely optional feature, is not required to use the service, and is not verified.

Which makes going online to mix, mingle and maybe even hook up almost as acceptable as doing it a local singles club. After all, you can see who you're talking to, and you're safe and sound in the comfort of your own home, right?

With millions of users worldwide, Skype is becoming a widely distributed communication tool. When you think of it that way, who wouldn’t want to try Skype sex? But keep in mind that the screen only lets you see what the other person wants you to see.

But unlike Facebook or other types of online chat, you get to hear and see the person you’re communicating with. For all you know, there could be five others in the room ready for a live show.

Someone could even be secretly recording the episode to broadcast later (although Skype itself does not record the calls).

Ideally, Skype sex should take place between two people who've established their boundaries in advance.

Skyping with someone your trust will also reduce the risk that that crazy thing you tried one night ends up all over the Internet.

That said, some people will decide to face those risks and Skype with a stranger.

If you go that route, here's how to protect yourself.