Security While Traveling: Top 7 Ways To Prevent Identity Theft When Traveling
Don't Let Thieves Ruin Your Vacation
Protecting Your Identity and Accounts While On Vacation
There are many things that you have to worry about when you are traveling, and identity theft is one of them. Over 8 million people become victims of identity theft each year, according to the Federal Trade Commission, which means there is a new victim of identity theft every two seconds. This is the fastest growing crime in America, and it is not one of the easiest or cheapest crimes to remedy. On average, victims of identity theft spend $500 dollars and over 25 hours to fix the damage that has been done. There are seven things that you need to keep in mind to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft.
7. Public Computers
Public computers are not yet a thing of the past, but they are not as popular as they once were, thanks to tablets and iPads, and trusty WiFi. Regardless of why you need to use a public computer, keep in mind that all of these things are a prime target for identity theft. You should never use the auto-fill or auto-complete features on public computers.
6. Wireless Networks
Wireless networks are the greatest form of technology to some people and offer many different benefits, but they also carry their own risks, one of which pertains to identity theft. Never use open wireless networks, as this is similar to use of a public computer. On an open wireless network, all your personal information can be exposed and used.
5. The Smartphone
You love your smartphone for many different reasons, but it is in your best interest to keep your smartphone locked. Many smartphones have a lock screen where you are required to enter a passcode that consists of numbers or a unique swipe method. More recent smartphones may even have a fingerprint scan for security.
4. Don’t Give Out Your Phone Number
You may not see any harm in giving out your phone number, but there are many different scams that people can pull simply from knowing your telephone number. Anyone who has your phone number can act as your bank or other financial institutions and try to get more information about you, such as where you live and information about your credit cards.
3. Use Cash
Using credit and debit cards may be easier than carrying cash around, but using these cards can put you at risk for becoming a victim of identity theft. Although many websites feature secure payment options, cash is the only guaranteed way to ensure that payment is safe and secure.
2. Beware of the ATM
Not all ATMs are what they seem. These kiosks can be purchased online and set up on any street corner. If you use one an ATM kiosk, your credit card information can be stored and used later without your permission.
1. Credit Card Statements
Your credit card statements will tell you everything you need to know. If there are any unauthorized transactions on your account, call your credit card provider immediately.