With the summer officially in full swing, families across the country will be taking vacations to soak up the sun and get away from the stress of everyday life.Â However many fail to realize that this time of relaxation leaves them vulnerable to identity thieves. Â Whether you are cooped up in an all-inclusive resort, flying overseas, or hitting the road to explore the country -Â eachÂ type of vacation involves a variety of unique risks where identity thieves look to take advantage of travelers who have let their guard down.
TrustedIDâ€”the nationâ€™s most comprehensive identity protection and reputation management serviceâ€”offers some easy tipsÂ to protect every type of vacationer from identity theft while they are away:
- Lock It Up:Â Lock or hide wallets, sensitive documents, ipads, smartphones, etc., in the hotel room.Â Everyone knows someone who has had items stolen at a resort. Any credible resort offers a safe in the room. Use it! Or at least keep valuables well-hidden and out of plain view.
- Duplicate Documents:Â When traveling overseas, scan and email important documents to yourself before leaving.Â Scan passports, credit cards (front for card number and back for phone number) and any other critical information needed if personal items were to be lost or stolen.
- Donâ€™t Stand Alone:Â Sadly, there has been a rise in stolen account information and PINs from ATMs. Avoid stand-alone, unaffiliated ATMâ€™s and stick with bank ATMs whenever possible.
- Public Internet:Â Be cautious while using public Wi-Fiâ€™s.Â If using public Wi-Fi in motels or internet cafes, never access personal information, especially bank accounts.
Back on the home front:
- Neighborhood Watch:Â Have trusted friends or neighbors stop by to check on the house, or set lamp timers. Also have them come by and pick up your mail. No mail delivery or an overstuffed mailbox is an indicator that you are not home for thieves.
- Social Media Monitoring:Â Never announce vacation plans on social media.Â Donâ€™t make it easy for friends of friends to see youâ€™re not home. Also be wary of posting pictures of your trip if your privacy settings arenâ€™t up to snuff.
More tips and information are available onÂ TrustedIDâ€™s blog.