How to protect your identity while you’re on vacation
The bags are packed and the plane tickets are bought: you’re about to take an unforgettable summer vacation, but is it going to be unforgettable for the wrong reasons?
Even though modern technology has made travelling easier, it’s also left travelers more at risk to identity theft. According to Consumer Reports, 18% of respondents said they’ve had sensitive information lost or stolen while travelling, and 9% said their identities were stolen.
That might sound like a minuscule number, but when you think of the millions of families who travel every year, 9% – 18% becomes a much bigger piece of the pie. Fortunately, if you just take the proper steps to identity proofing yourself during your trip, you can have a worry-free vacation.
Keep everything in your front pockets, never in your back pockets.
Just one simple pickpocket could ruin your entire vacation and destroy your identity. Keep your wallet, cellphone and other valuables in your front pockets. We also strongly suggest not storing anything valuable in your travelling backpack, but if you do, make sure your bag is at least securely zipped and always in eyesight.
Separate your money/ID
Don’t let one theft mean you’ve lost everything. Don’t store all of your valuables in one area. Have some money in one front pocket, your ID in the other, and then maybe have your travelling partner hold some of the other valuables.
Do you banking at a branch, not an ATM
Take the extra security a bank offers. ATMs are hotspots for thieves looking to capture someone’s pin number.
Strengthen your passwords
If you’re not already using fingerprinting security on your smart phone, then make sure you start using it while you’re on vacation. A 4 – 6 digit pin is incredibly easy to crack compared to your fingerprint.
Try to avoid public wifi
Cyber security experts at Norton say to turn off your wireless connection while you’re abroad. Using a public wifi could potentially lead to your phone’s data becoming accessible to a cyber criminal who set up the public wifi to steal their information.