Travel insurance companies will frequently post travel tips and advice on their websites, blogs and newsletters. The following is from post from the Travel Insurance Services blog with several tips for identity protection during travel.
- Have your mail collected or held at the Post Office. Don’t let it pile up on your porch
- Avoid checking your e-mail or entering passwords to financial accounts on wireless connections on your laptop and always use encryption
- Don’t advertise your vacation plans on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter. Thieves scan the internet for information on empty homes
- If you bring your laptop on vacation, install anti-virus and anti-spyware software on it to protect yourself from key loggers, hackers, spammers, and botnets
- If you receive a call from the “hotel reception desk” asking you to confirm a credit card number, do it in person. Do not provide the information over the phone. This could be a scam
- If you’re leaving for an extended period, consider using a credit monitoring service that alerts you to potentially suspicious activity