Did you know that
the most wonderful time of the year is also the most traveled? We’ve
talked at length about how to protect your identity while you are
shopping for your loved ones,
but have you thought about how you
will protect your identity before you hit the road this holiday
John Sileo, offers
the following steps you can take to protect your identity during
Only book travel through a legitimate agency or website. Read
the fine print before signing.
Pay for your
travel arrangements with a credit card - it gives you more
leverage in disputing fraudulent charges than your bank will if you
use a debit card.
automatic account alerts on your credit card to easily
monitor all transaction (via smartphone) without having to look at
remote tracking and wiping software on your smartphone so
that if it is lost, you can locate and/or wipe the data off from
that your laptop computer has strong,
alpha-numeric password encryption.
Make a front and back photocopy of your passport (if
traveling international), driver’s license and credit/debit cards,
then store it separate from your purse/wallet (i.e. hotel room safe)
in case of loss. This is especially important for your debit/credit
cards so you can quickly contact the appropriate banks.
Not only can professional pickpocketers open backpacks and purses
without you knowing, but if you have RFID credit cards, they can
pickpocket you from a distance. Consider investing in an
wallet, such as those pictured right.
hotspots are a simple way for thieves to eavesdrop on your
activity. Instead, rely on your own cellular data plan… you can
contact your provider for international data plans and “tethering”
At ATMs, make
sure that there isn’t a skimming device attached by
wiggling anything that sticks out from the machine.
If you are
staying in a hotel, put the privacy sign on your door. Unmade
beds are better than stolen documents or devices.
credit card or other information over the phone in your hotel - many
scams look like the front desk calling for your information.