Some interesting research from LifeLock reveals that International travelers are at a heightened risk for identity theft, particularly for those who frequently post to social media!
Though certain locations have higher risks than others, regardless of the destination, LifeLock recommends that travelers plan ahead and pack light to help protect against losing valuables.
LifeLock recommends the following tips:
BEFORE YOU GO
- Safely store documents like your Social Security cards, birth certificates, and/or marriage licenses in a safe or safety deposit box.
- Travel Light!
- Tell your card companies where you’re going
- Try to use a credit card over a debit card.
- Make sure your luggage tag only has the key information needed
- Don’t talk about your dates of travel on social media
- When in transit – (e.g., on the plane or in an airport) keep your identification and other crucial documents on your person, not in your luggage.
- Be careful of odd-looking ATMs. Identity thieves attach “card skimmer” devices to grab your information as you’re grabbing cash. Sometimes you can spot them – the card insert slot looks larger or deeper than normal and there is typically a camera.
- Use the hotel room safe to stow away important documents – like your identification.
- Use Wi-Fi cautiously. Don’t transact or check your banking statements and try not to enter any passwords. Same goes for the computers that hotels may offer in business centers; they can also be rigged with simple devices that fit into the USB port to steal your information.
- Stay alert: whether in a social situation – like a bar or club – or in a crowded space – like public transit – be aware of your belongings, in particular your phone and other items with personal information. Only take out your phone when absolutely necessary, and if enjoying the social scene, travel very lightly, be aware of your surroundings, and limit your number of beverages.
- Take a social media vacation on your vacation: even accessing social accounts can increase your chances of identity fraud.
- If you are going to go on social media platforms: never geo-tag. Disable this function on your mobile device.
- Post a #latergram. It’s hard not to snap and post instantly, but try to wait until you get home.