Travelers’ Tips to Avoid Identity Theft

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, consider the following tips.

Receipts – Do not leave credit card receipts on the table at restaurants; sign them and hand them directly back to the server. Keep your copy of all receipts.

Wallets – Stolen wallets frequently lead to identity theft, so instead of carrying your wallet in your pocket or having it easily accessible in your bag, use travel pouches that are worn inside your shirt.

Cell phones – Always protect your smartphone with complex passwords or passcodes. Install applications that allow you to GPS track or disable your phone in case it is lost or stolen. Turn Bluetooth off as an added security measure.

Checks – Leave checkbooks at home in a locked safe or drawer. Checking account takeover is one of the hardest types of financial fraud to clear up.

Camera phones – That tourist with a camera phone may actually be taking a shot of your credit card or driver’s license. Keep important personal information out of view from others.

Mail – Put your mail on postal hold whenever you travel, and arrange for mail to be picked up only by you at the post office when you return. Never have your neighbors hold your mail.

Hotels – Lock up all valuables in room or hotel safes while you are out, including laptops, passports and other documents that contain your personal identifying information. Do not leave these items with a hotel doorman to transport or hold—carry them yourself.

Airplanes – Do not put any items that contain your card numbers or financial institution account numbers in checked luggage. Never carry your social security number with you, whether local or abroad.

Wi-Fi – Be aware that many free Wi-Fi networks at cafes, hotels, and public places are not secure. Avoid entering private information such as bank account numbers or logins on public computers. Never auto-save information or passwords, and clear your search history after use. If possible, open a private browsing window that won’t save passwords, history, or cookies.


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