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If your family is like mine you look forward to June so that school ends and the kids are finally on vacation for the summer. I always look forward to summer because to me summer means vacation. I love vacation but packing and getting ready for a week of fun in the sun tends to be very stressful on so many levels. We are a family of five so a week away from the house means Melinda and I need to pack a lot of clothes, food and toys and the last thing I want to worry about is identity theft.
Don’t forget vacation time doesn’t mean relax on protecting your identity time. Vacation destinations are prime spots for you and your identity to be targeted and stolen.
Here are a few tips that can help keep you protected:
- Use public Wi-Fi carefully – Don’t access banking or private information via public Wi-Fi especially in your hotels. Hackers can easily hack non-secure Wi-Fi connections.
- Utilize the hotel safe – If your room has a hotel safe be sure to place any personal items in it such as passports, extra money, travelers checks, birth certificates, etc.
- Use credit not debit – if for some reason your information is stolen or you lose you card you will be less liable with a credit card than with a debit card.
- Keep your smart phone safe – If you are like me your smart phone has tons of personal information on it that a thief would have a field day with if they got their hands on it. Be sure to keep it safe and know where it is at all times.
During vacation it is very easy for chaos to break out and for you to become disorganized. I know on many occasions I have misplaced items like my keys and even my phone for a short period of time but thankfully I found them relatively fast. Sometimes people aren’t as lucky and that is when bad things can happen. I am not saying that all fo my tips are fool proof and will protect you 100% but they will help you drastically.
If you are looking for that extra step in keeping you and your families identity safe make sure you have LifeLock.
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