9 Ways to Avoid Identity Theft While Traveling

During your summer travels, there are a variety of planning factors necessary for consideration. While your to-do-list may already seem complete, it is important that you add protecting your identity to the list. Compiled is a list of 9 ways you can protect your identity while you travel:

  1. If possible, refrain from using any public computers. You don’t know what information is being auto-saved.
  2. Only use secure wireless networks when on the road. Free Wi-Fi centers often lack data-encryption protection systems.
  3. If you don’t already have a password assigned to your smartphone, do so at least for the duration of the trip.
  4. Refrain from giving out your telephone number unless completely necessary.
  5. Whenever possible, use cash.
  6. Be careful when using public ATMs. For extra security, purchase a prepaid Visa so you can withdraw money from ATMs using a temporary card and PIN.
  7. Constantly check your credit card statements.
  8. Only bring what is completely necessary with you in your wallet.
  9. Most importantly, put a hold on your mail so that criminals cannot steal your identity with information found in your mail.

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