Published: May 21, 2024
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Protect your identity while traveling this summer

Emma McGowan

Staff writer

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A person sitting down, wearing headphones, and holding a mobile device by a beach

When planning your summer travel this year, whether it is a leisurely vacation or a business trip, one aspect often overlooked is the protection of your personal identity. The chaos of travel makes it easy to let your guard down, exposing you to identity thieves who capitalize on distracted tourists. But fear not, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself.

Pre-travel preparation

  • Notify your banks: Before you leave, inform your banks and credit card companies of your travel dates and destination. This proactive communication helps them monitor for any suspicious activities.
  • Secure your devices: Ensure that all electronic devices are password-protected, encrypted if possible, and equipped with the latest security software. If available, enable two-factor authentication (2FA) for added security.

Protect digital belongings

  • Use a VPN: A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a must when traveling. It encrypts your internet connection, keeping your online activities private even when using public Wi-Fi.
  • Avoid public Wi-Fi for financial transactions: Refrain from accessing sensitive accounts or conducting financial transactions over public Wi-Fi networks . Hackers often monitor public Wi-Fi in tourist hotspots to infiltrate your private and sensitive information.

Monitor and respond to suspicious activity

  • Check statements and set alerts: Regularly check your financial statements and set up alerts for any unauthorized transactions.
  • Know how to report identity theft: Be aware of the steps to take if you suspect your identity has been compromised. This includes contacting your bank, filing a report with the local police, and notifying credit reporting agencies.

Additional tips and resources

  • Consider travel insurance: Some travel insurance plans offer coverage for losses due to identity theft.
  • Use travel-specific apps and services: Leverage apps that enhance travel security, like those that provide real-time safety information and secure messaging.

By implementing these strategies, you help your personal and financial information remain secure, allowing you to focus on the joys of travel.

Editorial note: Our articles provide educational information for you. LifeLock offerings may not cover or protect against every type of crime, fraud, or threat we write about. Our goal is to increase awareness about cyber safety. Please review complete Terms during enrollment or setup. Remember that no one can prevent all identity theft or cybercrime, and that LifeLock does not monitor all transactions at all businesses.

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