If you follow me on social media you’ll know I recently got mugged and lost my iPad and purse with all my belongings including my credit card, while in the UK. I had to order a new card and have it shipped from South Africa… It cost a fortune and was super stressful.
The whole situation was a disaster and I’m still terrified someone will use my personal information. It made me realise that as a travel blogger I basically live out of a suitcase and I’m always carrying tech like my laptop, iPhone and camera, which I’m always to happy to connect to any WiFi network I find on the road. But my tech contains really private information like copies of my ID, credit card info, and more. What would happen if I get hacked?
In this digital age, it’s important to remember that cybercrime is a reality and a risk that can’t be ignored. By just opening an infected email, you can be hacked, phished and scammed in a few clicks.
10 tips for protecting your personal info while traveling:
1. Monitor your bank statements
Review your bank statements once a week and if anything stands out as being questionable or suspect, call your bank immediately.
2. Stop connecting to random WiFi networks
If you find yourself in desperate need of an internet connection (like me 80% of the time) remember that when you log on to a website or use an app that sends data in clear text over the network, this info can be easily captured by anyone who’s motivated to steal another person’s info. Rather buy a portable router and set up your own WiFi hotspot using a local data SIM card from the country you’re visiting.
3. Stop checking in on social media
Sharing your location on social media allows people to keep track of where you are and what you are doing. This makes it easier for them to time a crime.
4. Use two-factor authentication
Most financial institutions have real time notification services that allow them to contact you in the event of a purchase attempt deemed ‘unusual’. Set a purchase limit on your debit/credit card so when an attempt is made over the set limit you’ll receive a notification to validate the purchase.
5. Keep your private info private
Take extra precautions when giving out private info, especially when you’re on the phone. You never know who’s around you or what the person you’re speaking to is going to do with your info.
6. NEVER post pictures of your boarding pass on social media
People can clearly see your full name, where you’re going, when you’re arriving, which airline you’re travelling with, your seat number and your booking reference number. For safety reasons don’t post your boarding pass. Your return flight (or even future flights) can be cancelled with that info too.
7. Routinely change passwords, and make them strong and different
Don’t use the same password for everything or create passwords using your address, birthday or ID (or social security) number. If this info is acquired via cyber theft, all of your personal data becomes vulnerable. Be creative and make your passwords strong by using random combination of letters, number and symbols that have no connection to you or your family.
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9. Visit secure sites when searching for travel deals
When searching new websites, make sure there is a closed lock symbol at the bottom right of the screen. Web addresses that begin with ‘https’ are generally secure, and if you click on the lock symbol on the bottom right, it’ll display the same ‘https’ address.
10. Shred sensitive documents
Be very careful what you throw into the trash.
Please tell me in the comments below, how you protect your personal information while on the road.
*Disclaimer: This Post was written in partnership with King Price but as always, I maintain editorial control of all content published on this website, but you already know that. 😉*
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