Identity theft is an increased online risk today – a risk that is even greater among travelers. The Federal Trade Commission processed 1.4 million fraud reports in 2018. Identity theft fear is present among Americans but not everyone takes necessary precautions. Some feel that worrying about securing their information online, according to a survey by Experian. Hackers are sly in their quest for gaining your personal information. Our information is on the internet and once it is there, you can’t easily remove it. To avoid identity theft while traveling, keep the following tips in mind.
Avoid using public WiFi
Public WiFi makes it simple for thieves to hack any information that is stored on your laptop or mobile phone. You are given free WiFi in most hotels, so many people think it is fine to use or wonder how else they are supposed to check their transactions on their credit card or bank statement.
Rather than using public WiFi, consider picking up a portable router so you can set up your own WiFi hotspot. You will need a local SIM data card, which can be purchased at an airport kiosk or an electronic store.
Don’t Post Lost Location Information on Social Media
Few people strive to avoid posting location information online when traveling. Sharing your location or agenda on social enables hackers to keep track of your location, which can make it easier for them to time an attack. Rather, wait to post details about your trip after you return home.
Use Password Protection
Phones store sensitive information, including credit card information and email access information, which can also contain sensitive information. Without password-protecting your smartphone, you are making it easier for thieves to access your information. Additionally, you should create a unique password that is strong. You also need to change it regularly.
It is also wise to enable location tracking as well as install a wiping software that makes it possible for you to track down your phone if it is lost or to destroy any data stored on it if it is ever stolen.