Protecting Your Privacy: Travel Tips

Summer time travel is upon us. Traveling can lead to increased exposure of your information. Be wary of updating software on hotel wireless internet connections. Pop-ups warning hotel guests of a needed software update in order to connect to the internet have infected numerous hotel guests with malware. Unknowing guests assume the pop-up is legitimate and end up downloading viruses.

Ordering delivery to your hotel room? Be cautious of the take-out flyer you found on your hotel door.  Fraudsters are now posing as restaurants who ask you to prepay for your food order over the phone. Your food never gets delivered and now the fraudster has your credit card info.  Be cautious of this as you never know where that phone number is actually going. Ask the hotel for restaurant recommendations to avoid this trick.

Keep the number of cards and information you carry with you limited. If you normally carry five credit cards limit yourself to one or two. If you don’t need your Passport for the trip, don’t bring it with you. Travel with the least amount of personal information as possible, the less you have to lose the less you have to replace should an issue arise.

Enjoy your summer travel with these easy tips to help better protect your information.



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