Identity theft can ruin your trip, and carry into your life well after your travels are over. With so many dishonest people trying to make an easy buck, it’s difficult to know who to trust and how to keep yourself safe. Here are some tips to stay protected on your next trip.
1. Data Theft
This is the number-one place your personal information can be stolen. When you’re on a business trip, you’re probably going to have a computer with you and connect to the internet on a variety of different networks. Use OpenDNS, a cloud-delivered network security system that is compatible with any device you connect to, wherever you are. OpenDNS has options for personal use, as well as a business option, so finding the package that’s right for you is simple. Another service that adds a layer of protection for your sensitive information is LifeLock. It monitors your credit cards, bank accounts, and even your social security number, and will alert you if anything goes amiss. With a detect, alert, and restore system, no matter how bad things might seem, if someone steals your identity, they can help you set the record straight with all parties involved.
2. The Physicals
When traveling on a business trip you’re bound to have some valuables in your baggage. Whether you’re going overseas, or staying put in your home country, it’s important to remember to keep a close watch on your credit cards, tickets, and sometimes, passport. You can assemble a “steal-me” wallet with expired cards, minimal cash, and old business cards, to keep in your back pocket, while your real valuables are stored somewhere more discreet. It’s also important to let your credit card companies know you will be on a business trip. Be specific about where you will be and when so they’ll have a good idea of the places you will spend your money. This will help your banks identify any threats to your finances. Lastly, it’s important to use the services provided at the hotel. If there is a safe, use it for your official documents and keep only the necessities in your money belt.
You’ll probably have your phone with you at all times while on a business trip. Smartphones have quickly become jackpots for thieves, because of all the personal information they hold. Just like with your wallet, you can carry a dummy-phone for thieves to target. Also, if you haven’t already, it’s very important to have a code or swipe-lock on your phone. This might seem simple, but it could be enough to deter a thief. Additionally, with GPS Track Pro, for Android devices and GPS Phone Tracker for iPhones, you’ll be able to find out where your phone has gone.
There are a host of ways in which your identity is at risk while you travel, and the more you travel the more likely you are to have your identity stolen. It’s important to remember to research the places you are going and the most common ways thieves will try to earn a buck. Luckily, there are a lot of guides to help you stay safe while on the road.