10 Tips to Avoid Identity Theft During Summer Travel

Are you traveling this summer? While traveling can be a relaxing getaway, it can also be an identity theft nightmare. According to Traveling Greener and Equifax, here are 10 tips you should consider to avoid identity theft during your summer travels:

1. Don’t announce your travel plans on social media. “This invites identity thieves to target your house while you’re away.”

2. Place a hold on your mail. “When criminals see an overflowing mailbox, they see an easy way to steal personal information.”plane travel large 150x150 10 Tips to Avoid Identity Theft During Summer Travel

3. Carry only necessities in your wallet when traveling. “Go through your wallet and leave at home your library card and other cards with your name on them.”

4. Set up a travel alert on your credit card accounts, and freeze your credit with the three credit bureaus.

5. Leave your laptop computer at home if you can. “If you must travel with a laptop, update your anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. Do not access bank accounts from your laptop while in a hotel room or at a coffee shop or other public location.”

6. While staying at a hotel, lock important documents such as your passport in a safe.

7. Use only ATMs located in banks.

8. Protect your smartphone. “Create a password for access, and use an application with a GPS locator to find your phone if it is lost or stolen.”

9. Don’t put your full name and address on luggage tags. “Include just your last name and phone number.”

10. Tear up and discard used boarding passes. “Many travelers leave boarding passes behind in airplanes or hotels. They often contain full names and other personal information.”

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About Kelsey Owen

Kelsey Owen is the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Council of Better Business Bureaus based out of Arlington, VA. Kelsey graduated from Denison University with a degree in economics and communication and is currently pursuing a master's degree in media entrepreneurship.