Protect Your Digital Self While Traveling

travelPlanning a trip this summer?  These tips may help you avoid the stress and hassle of having your digital information stolen or compromised.  My credit card company is very concerned about fraud and if I don’t let them know I am traveling out of my area they will freeze my card until I call in.  Easy to do if you are in the country but not as easy from a foreign country.  Call your credit card companies and your bank before you go to let them know you might be using your card.  It will save you a hassle and give you another level of security.  As well as taking pictures of your travel documents also take a picture of the parking ticket issued when you leave your car at the airport.  On my recent trip to England I thought I had lost the ticket when I returned to Miami, luckily I hadn’t, but it would have been a lot of effort for me if I had.  Taking a picture of your important documents is always a good idea.  Check out the other tips to add to your safety.
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Whether you’re traveling for a weekend, a week, or making a big move, protecting your digital property while on-the-go is essential for feeling safe and secure.

To help, TravelInsurance.com has compiled a list of digital travel security recommendations:

Backup Your Documents. Scan or take pictures of your travel documents, including your passport, airline tickets, hotel reservations and insurance papers on your phone in case the originals are lost or stolen.

Sanitize your Devices. Before leaving home, remove all non-essential personal information from your computer, phone and other devices. Make sure to set a strong password on your computer and mobile devices and look into possibly having the devices automatically wiped after a large number of incorrect password entries.

Assume Your Data Is Not Secure. Anyone can gather your data without much difficulty. Some countries monitor data and emails, while airports and hotels are generally public or semi-public internet hubs. Use a virtual private network (VPN) to ensure your privacy and to access websites that might be blocked by local internet providers. A VPN is a private and secure internet network that you can reach via any internet connection. Never submit sensitive payment information on websites if the browser shows “http” instead of “https.” Also, turn on two factor authentication on all of your email, banking and credit card accounts as an added measure of security (provided that you can receive text messages at your destination)

Download Apps. There are a variety of apps that can help keep you informed and secure while on the road. The State Department’s Smart Traveler app is available free of charge from both iTunes and the Google Play store. It’s a great source of information about specific countries, travel advisories and warnings.

plug-adapter-978607__340Don’t Fry Your Devices. Make sure that you have the right adapters. Check the tech specs of your devices and the electrical standards of your travel destinations.

Source: TravelInsurance.com

Remember it is always toasty in Naples and you should be as safe as possible while traveling.  The main thing is to remember to be alert to potentially threatening situations.  It is so easy to get distracted with the amazing things you are seeing but remember to stay aware of your surroundings.

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