- As much as we like to share news via our social networks, resist the urge to Tweet or post Facebook updates about your travel plans. Also turn off any apps that use geolocating since thieves may use this information to target empty homes.
- Ensure that your anti-virus and anti-spyware software on laptop computer is up to date and running. Having an active license protects you from key loggers, hackers, spammers, and botnets.
- When accessing your email from cybercafes, hotels, or other public locations with internet access, avoid entering any passwords to your personal financial accounts and make sure you log off from each site when you finish with your session. If you’re connecting with wifi, not all public hot spots are secure. Use encryption software to protect yourself.
- Leave non-essential credit cards at home. Carry one with you and keep a backup card in the hotel safe. Bring a copy of the emergency contact numbers for your credit cards and bank accounts in case they’re lost or stolen. The more credit cards you have, the harder they can be to keep track of and are less likely to realize they’re missing until it’s too late.
- Make a copy of the cards and documents in your wallet or purse, including credit and ATM cards, store cards, drivers’ licenses, etc. Leave the copy with someone you trust so if your wallet or purse is stolen, you’ll know what to cancel. Or enroll in a card registry program that has your card information on file.
- If you’re traveling for an extended period enroll in a credit and public monitoring service such as Identity Guardthat will alert you to potentially suspicious activity.
- Consider leaving your main laptop at home. When you think about all the information on your computer, do you really want it to fall into the hands of others? Remove essential items or take a secondary computer with less information on it.
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