· Get your Own: Consider a portable router to create your own Wi-Fi hotspot for your own or your family’s devices. You’ll need a local SIM data card, which is available at most electronic stores or even airport kiosks. This will help you avoid using public Wi-Fi Spots.
· Don’t Welcome Hackers: If you must use public Wi-Fi, be very cautious of using unsecured networks. According to a 2012 Norton Cybercrime report, more than two-thirds of online adults globally use a free or unsecured Wi-Fi network, giving hackers free access to the networks. This will allow them access to your login details and any credit card information you may type in. So when you use a public Wi-Fi, make sure you are logging into secured/private networks.
· Be Careful about Being Social: Using social media while you travel can be a great way to share your family’s trip but remember: checking in or posting pictures can alert someone that your home is vacant! Make sure to set your home alarm, hire a house sitter or maybe the best option is to delay posts until you are back home. If you DO really want to share these photos while you are on vacation, make sure to set your privacy settings on your FB page to “friends” only. This will help limit the number of people who actually see these pictures.
· Make Sure it’s Legit: Before logging onto a website from your mobile device, make sure the URLs are legit. There are plenty of URL spoof sites out there, created in order to steal your information. Some mobile browsers do not show the URL. To be on the safe side, it is suggested to bookmark your favorite sites after you type in the address.
· Keep Quiet: Don’t Tweet your Goodbyes. Forget your all-too-public tweets. Don’t publish information on twitter about how many days you’ll be gone or information about where you are going. Twitter is just as target-friendly as other social media accounts.
· Guard your social networks. If you have a blog or social accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter, use the highest security settings possible to ensure your information, posts and photos aren’t being leaked onto the Internet.
· Use strong passwords. Use a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, symbols and punctuation to make your passwords harder to crack.
· Protect your mobile devices. Losing your mobile phone, a thumb drive or laptop can be just as bad as losing your wallet. Be sure to protect your mobile devices with passwords and encryption.
· Avoid skimming: If you have to use an ATM during your travels, be sure that it is in a secure location, and whenever possible, use one stationed at a bank branch. Fake ATM machines are known to have been placed in high traffic tourist areas. Shield your pin entry with your other hand to avoid shoulder surfers. Debit cards also provide thieves with a direct pipeline to your bank accounts. When used with a PIN, you need not sign for the purchase. When used for a “credit” purchase with a signature, no confirming PIN is needed. This is why debit cards are deemed valuable to thieves. It is also more difficult and time consuming to resolve fraudulent purchases made with debit cards than to resolve those made with credit cards.
Tips from Protect My ID.