After all, who's to say you'll even have an IRL connection with this total stranger? Jump right in there with the big questions you want answers to — who are they as a person and do you guys have anything in common? You have every right to feel safe while dating, whatever that means to you. Get all of that in check before you walk into the date.
This will allow you to really focus on how you feel when you are with this person. Dating should be the process of getting to know someone you find attractive.