For most people the holiday hustle and bustle has already started or will be very soon so the last thing on peoples minds is protecting their identity. If you have LifeLock they are relentless in helping you protect your identity so you can have peace of mind but that doesn’t mean you should slack off. You still need to take precautions while away from home this holiday season.
If you are traveling and staying in a hotel the first thing you want to take advantage of if possible is the room safe. You want to be sure you lock up all important documents that you may be traveling with like passports, birth certificates, airline tickets, etc. You also want to make sure not to share any personal information and if you are required to you should ask why to be sure it’s a legitimate reason and not someone just phishing for your personal information.
Here are a few others tips that may come in handy while you are on the road this holiday season.
- Try to get your receipts electronically if possible – A lot of retails are offering the option to receive your receipt in paper or electronic form. Getting your receipt electronically will help you keep your information a little more secure.
- Stay Alert – When using ATM’s be aware of people standing around and make sure that they aren’t looking over your should and also be on the lookout for strange looking ATM’s. Also be aware of shoulder surfers when using your credit cards in stores as people may take a picture of your credit card information.
- Have your mail picked up – If you are going to be away from home for any length of time and do not have a locked mailbox be sure to have someone get it for you. This helps reduce the chances of your mail being stolen. If no one can pick up your mail put it on hold at the post office.
Hopefully this holiday season everyone will get a chance to enjoy family time and having LifeLock on your side will allow you to focus more on your family and less on identity theft.
Also, don’t forget to play the LifeLock for Life Sweepstakes on Facebook where all you need to do is “LIKE” LifeLock on Facebook then visit the LifeLock for Life tab and begin playing by answering different questions for great prizes. This month the questions will be focusing on safe holiday travel so make sure you play every week for a chance to win some really cool prizes. Also, the sweepstakes runs through 2013 so you will have multiple chances to win.
I have received compensation for my participation as a LifeLock Ambassador but ALL opinions are my own.