Heading out of town this summer? Before you hit the road or get on that plane, be sure to read these important travel security tips to keep you and your money safe.
Avoid public Wi-Fi. Especially if you are accessing your financial accounts via mobile or online banking.
According to NortonTM, on a public Wi-Fi network your data is flowing through an open connection that is often unencrypted and unsecured, leaving you vulnerable to cybercriminals. Hackers can sniff out any information that passes between you and the websites you visit — details of browsing activities, account logins, and purchase transactions. Your sensitive information, such as passwords and financial data, are then vulnerable to identity theft.
Limit your use of Bluetooth. Similar to public Wi-Fi, hackers can easily pair their device with yours and steal information on your phone. Be sure to turn off Bluetooth when not in use.
Protect your cellphone. Your phone holds a lot of personal information hackers can use to steal your identity and your money. Be sure to set a strong password. Log out of apps when not in use and remove stored passwords that allow you to automatically login to apps.
Protect your debit card with SecurLock. It may be wise to leave your debit card at home when you travel, but if you take it, use SecurLock to keep an eye on account transactions. With the SecurLock app, you can monitor transactions, set your card to work only where you are and lock and unlock your debit card.
Tell your bank when and where you are traveling. By letting your bank know you are out of town, they can ensure your card works when you need, but they can also help watch your account for abnormal transactions.
If you suspect fraud or lose your card, call your bank immediately.