Identity theft risk doesn't take a vacation because you do
Whether it's with your friends or family, vacation time is all about leaving your cares behind and focusing on the fun. However, with identity theft on the rise, you'll want to take extra precautions to make sure thieves don't cut your fun short.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do during your travels to keep your information safe and make sure you don't fall victim to identity theft.
Preplanning is key
Limit what you carry in your wallet on vacation. This means removing extra credit cards, your Social Security card, and any documents that may have personal information on them. Similarly, don't travel with your checkbook or debit card as the process to reverse fraudulent charges can be a lengthy one if your information is stolen. Consider purchasing an RFID wallet to store your cards during travel.
Use your hotel safe
Place important documents and credit cards that you don't need in your hotel safe. Never assume a locked room will keep thieves from rummaging through your belongings.
Be cautious with computer use
Whether you brought your own computer or plan to use an Internet café, don't assume all internet connections are secure. Avoid accessing any online banking or personal accounts with sensitive information when you are in public places.
Don't put your faith in a locked car
Even though the car is locked, that doesn't make it any less susceptible to theft. Never leave personal information and belongings in your car, whether visible or in the glove compartment. Carry only what you need and leave the rest in your hotel safe.
Don't forget about your home
Before you leave, make sure to halt mail service or have a friend or neighbor retrieve your mail each day. For identity thieves, a mailbox is a treasure chest of personal information. Be mindful of what you share on social media regarding your trip. If you plan to share updates, consider posting them after you have returned home.
With a little common sense and preplanning, you can ensure your vacation memories don't include months of work to repair damage from identity theft.