Summer travel is lots of fun and the last thing you want to happen is theft or identity theft. Here are ways you can help protect yourself:
- Take one or two credit cards. Use only one during travel, so if there’s a problem you only have to deal with one company to resolve fraud issues.
- Travel with the least amount of personal information as possible. If you are not traveling abroad, don’t bring your passport. Keep your social security card at home.
- Separately, carry photocopies or electronic backups of your passport and other identifications as well as credit cards.
- Don’t keep all your cash in your wallet. If it’s stolen, you will still have some cash on hand.
- Electronic hotel keys can contain personal information, including credit cards. So protect it during your stay and return to the front desk.
- Don’t carry your wallet or valuables on your backside – it’s fodder for pickpockets.
Don’t throw your boarding passes in the wastebasket – shred them when you get home.
- Be wary of public wi-fi networks, whether in the hotel, at the airport, or a restaurant. Always avoid working with sensitive data when you’re using unsecured, public wi-fi. Control what’s accessible on your computer by turning off file sharing, enabling your system’s built-in firewalls, and keep internet-connected apps and services to a minimum. When you’re finished working online, turn wi-fi off on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Keep Your Antivirus and Antimalware up to date.
- When you get home, check credit card statements carefully.