Identity theft is a growing problem worldwide, especially for travellers who will be carrying personal documentation, possibly using unsecured internet connections, as well as sharing their credit card details with any number of companies during their travels.
Here are a few tips to help keep your personal information secure whilst abroad.
- Travel with only the most necessary documents.
Clean out your purse or wallet of anything with personal information; credit cards, driving licence, national insurance card, all can be a quick source of gaining access to your personal details.
- Secure sensitive documents.
On arrival at your destination secure any sensitive documents such as your passport in your hotel safe, don’t leave items lying around as any number of hotel staff may have access to your room.
- Avoid using shared and unsecured internet connections.
Beware of clicking ‘autosave’ on passwords on public computers which can allow thieves to gain access to your personal information. Especially avoid checking bank accounts on public computers using WiFi, instead check any balances on your banks smartphone app or through a secure ATM.
- Use only bank ATM’s.
Bank ATM’s tend to be much more secure than ATM’s in the local corner shop which will not have the same levels of security and maintenance in place to avoid scammers using card readers.
- Keep your mobile phone and other electronic devices secure.
Password protect all electronic devices to make it more difficult for a thief to access your personal information. Change your passwords regularly.
- Monitor your bank accounts and credit cards periodically.
By monitoring your accounts, you will be able to catch any erroneous or fraudulent transactions early and alert your bank or credit card provider.
We hope you found our guide useful for when you are next travelling. Should you require transport to and from the airport, you can contact Little’s 24/7 on +44 (0) 141 883 2111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org