Like it or not, travelling is a risky endeavour filled with perils ranging from the minor albeit inconvenient like missing your flight or losing your luggage at the airport, to the more serious cases such as having your passport stolen or even falling victim to identity theft.
En Garde! Keep Yourself Safe When You Travel
Of course, this isn’t to discourage anyone from travelling (when we can finally travel, that is). After all, the journey itself is always rewarding and worthwhile. That said, there are a few things one may keep in mind to absolve themselves from being potential victims.
Without further ado, here are some tips to guard yourself against identity theft when you travel:
- Secure Your Documents: Keep your important documents with you at all times, but if that isn’t possible, try keeping them in your hotel’s safety box instead.
- Beware Of The WiFi: Yes, we all need the Internet these days but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep your credentials safe. The easiest way to protect yourself is to simply purchase a local SIM card with a data plan to use during your trip.
- Delete Everything: If you really must access the Internet via any public terminal, ensure that you have everything deleted before you leave.
- Secure Your Devices: Keep your devices close and avoid having your Facebook posts going public. Oh, and a secure pin-locked screen helps too.
- Avoid Sketchy ATMs: Scammers are getting smart, that much is unsurprising. Stay one step ahead and always check for tampering when you withdraw from any machine.