As we head into winter you may be thinking about a trip overseas to escape the cold. Unfortunately, traveling, especially with today’s technology, can mean increased risks to keeping your personal information private.
Here are some practical privacy tips to keep you safe whether you’re planning on relaxing on a tropical beach or exploring a metropolitan city.
Be smart about your devices
Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks whenever possible. Turn off the Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth functions on your smartphone when you’re not using them. Set up a passcode on your devices if you haven’t done so already. That way if you lose a device, you won’t be as vulnerable to data thieves.
Remember to let your bank know that you’re travelling overseas. The last thing you want is to have your bank mistakenly put a block on your card while you’re away from home.
Slim your wallet
Limit the number of credit cards you travel with to one or two, with a backup credit card in the hotel safe. Keep a copy of emergency contact numbers for your credit cards and bank accounts.
Social media posts
If you use a travel site to book your trip make sure to turn off the social sharing options that dump your travel details into someone else’s news feed. Stay mum about your next trip (don’t “check-in” or use anything with geolocation) and wait until you get back to post pictures.
Don’t put your full name and address on luggage tags. Include just your last name and phone number.
Destroy the evidence
Tear up and discard used boarding passes and other travel documents. They can contain full names and other personal information. Or better yet, utilize electronic boarding passes.
Put your mail on hold
When criminals see an overflowing mailbox, they see an easy way to steal personal information.