How to stay secure while on summer vacation.
by Brianna Vega on July 1, 2019
Summer vacation is here. You pack your suitcase and your travels begins. Do not forget security while travelling. While on vacation you connect to public wi-fi in airports, restaurants, coffee shops and hotels. You tag yourself on social media using your location sharing. You are carrying around your ID’s, credit cards and your personal devices. These things might seem like nothing but they lead you to a higher risk of identity theft.
Here are some security tips to keep you safe this summer so that you can enjoy your vacation:
Don’t assume a Wi-Fi hotspot is secure. Wi-Fi hotspots in coffee shops, airports, hotels, and other public places often are not secure. To protect your information when using wireless hotspots, send information only to websites that are fully encrypted, and avoid using mobile apps that require personal or financial information.
Password protect all of your devices and turn on tracking tools like “Find my iPhone”. In case your device is stolen, it is password protected and you can track the device’s location if you have that setting in place.
If you often use Wi-Fi when you travel, consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN creates an encrypted connection between your device and the VPN provider’s network. That allows you to securely connect to the internet by keeping your exchanges private while you use Wi-Fi. Typically, you pay for an app or service that allows you to use a VPN. Some VPNs are more secure and easier to use than others, so shop around. Read reviews from several sources, including impartial experts.
Check the location services in your phone’s settings. If you don’t want to share where you are, consider turning off location services. If you use social media apps, check the default settings to know if your location is posted along with photos or check-in’s.
Act quickly if sensitive information gets lost or exposed. That means your Social Security number, passport, driver’s license, credit or debit information. IdentityTheft.gov can help you recover.
Be careful before posting you are on vacation on social media. If an attacker or robber knows you are away from your home it leaves you and your home vulnerable.
Before you leave for your trip, stop your mail delivery. An overflowing mailbox is like a huge neon sign on your house that says “no one is home.” This will also ensure that important documents aren’t stolen from your mailbox while you’re gone, Bruemmer said. “Stop mail delivery, online through the postal service, ” he said. “That way, nobody can take pieces of mail and open it up, especially bills or tax statements.”
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