Protect yourself while traveling

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.