Identity Theft Protection While Traveling

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Last Updated on September 5, 2020 by Ellen Christian


Identity theft protection while traveling isn’t something people usually think about as they get their suitcases packed.  I’m more concerned about whether my son has packed clean socks and underwear and whether I should bother packing my swimsuit or not.  Unfortunately, identity theft protection while traveling IS something we need to think about.

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Identity Theft Protection While Traveling

While we generally travel locally most of the time, we are still exposed to the risks of identity theft.  Thieves know that when we travel we may not be paying as much attention to what we’re doing. We have to figure out where the kids are.  We’re distracted by new places and things to see.  We have a mental checklist running through our head reminding us to get gas, put sunscreen on the kids, locate a healthy place for lunch, etc.

Identity theft protection while traveling

Identity theft thieves also know that we are spending more money. We pay to get into attractions, buy souvenirs, spend money at restaurants.  Each of these purchases opens us up to identity theft.  There is also the added worry of having your wallet or pocketbook stolen. Some of these thieves are so good at what they do that you don’t know what has happened until it is too late.  That’s a lot to worry about when you’re supposed to be having fun on your vacation. Fraud protection needs to be one of them.

Identity theft protection while traveling

Keep your identity safe while you’re on vacation

  • Purchase a prepaid credit card and load the money you’ll be spending on it.  When you make purchases, use that card instead of your debit or credit card. If it does get stolen, all you have lost is the money and there is no risk to your identity.
  • Lock your suitcases at all times. Yes, security needs to check it at the airport but when you arrive at the hotel, keep it locked when you are not in the room.
  • Leave things at home that you will not use. You probably have no need for every single credit card, your social security card or your checkbook while traveling.

Preventing identity theft while traveling

  • Be careful when you use free WIFI. It may not be as secure as you hope. Try not to type in any sensitive information while on an unsecured connection.
  • Delete your cookies and browsing information from public computer systems if you use them.
  • Check your banking or credit card statements while traveling to be certain they haven’t been compromised.
  • Keep track of your cell phone and put a password on it. Many people have apps for their bank, credit card, shopping, etc. on their phones and that can contain a lot of personal information.
  • Sign up for an identity theft protection service like LifeLock. They’ll notify you the second they detect an exposure or threat to your identity. It’s a great peace of mind.

Identity theft protection while traveling

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Identity theft protection while traveling

Identity theft is one of the most widespread and fast-evolving crimes, but many people don’t realize that it goes far beyond having a credit card number stolen. It can jeopardize your healthcare, block you from receiving the tax refund you’re due, interfere with a job or loan, and even run up debt for your children or elderly parents. Learn more about the alarming ways identity in which thieves operate today and what you can do to reduce your chances of having your identity stolen.

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71 thoughts on “Identity Theft Protection While Traveling”

  1. These tips are very helpful. Wifi is something often taken for granted, but the security is not guaranteed. Thanks for the reminder to be mindful!
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  2. I am so sorry I missed entering your great giveaway yet your tips are still so useful.  The best one and one I don't always remember is the one about leaving things at home that you don't really need to take.  I did that on my last trip and it was such  relief.  
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  3. I learned the book even has tales of infamous identity theft! I've had my accounts broken into a few times- you can never be armed with enough info!
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  4. I learned that identity theft can jeopardize your healthcare and tax return, makes sense I suppose but very scary!
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  5. Indentity theft is VERY real.  I've already seen it more than once interfere with people getting their tax refunds - it can take YEARS.  But I didn't realize it can interfere with a job, but I guess that is something that is checked by employers now too
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  6. I really worry about this kind of thing happening when we travel. It's so scary. But it really is so important to be diligent about protecting your identity when traveling. 
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  7. I've had issue while traveling and using a hotel wifi. Someone hacked my email and tried to get into my other accounts. It's really important to be careful about protecting your identity while traveling in so many ways.
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  8. You're right, when we are traveling and having fun things like identity theft is the last on our mind. These are great tips!
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  9. I learned that you are never safe, no matter where you are! This seems like such a helpful book, I will have to look into this more.
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  10. I love having LifeLock and getting that monthly email that says "nothing has changed!" :) Also great tip on preloading a card with your spending money!
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  11. These are some great tips, some I hadn't thought of. I have been a member of Lifelock for a couple years now and love the services they provide.
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  12. Great tips to keep your identity safe.  Lifelock sounds like a great way to give you extra peace of mind when traveling! :) 
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  13. Great tips! I honestly have never thought about identity theft while travelling. Thanks for sharing this important information.
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  14. My husband got his wallet stolen at the pool during our last vacation. We've since added monitoring. It's nice that Lifelock exists for instances just like this! 
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  15. Identity Theft is that word that makes the skin on the back of your neck stand up. I worry about it and worry about my daughters who are out on their own. I got all 3 of them Lifelock but still need it on myself. What a world when your not safe, I hate it but it is such a reality. Your tips are wonderful. Thanks for making me realize I need it for myself too :)
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  16. Those are fantastic tips! We have known people to have their identity stolen when they were traveling and it was a nightmare for them! 
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  17. Sometimes it is easy to forget that wireless connections outside of the home are not always secure. I have to keep that I'm mind with my new cell phone plan. 
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  18. This is such great protection- I know we need it. My hubby's CC number was stolen on a business trip (we're still not sure how, but it was in china) and it's been a mess!
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  19. Such great tips, and ones I never think of doing. Like the prepaid card and the wifi, we really are opening up ourselves to theft when we travel!
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  20. When we went to Mexico, we purchased a pre-paid card and also carried cash. It was a lot safer than trying to use our credit card! Lifelock sounds like a great way to keep your identity safe.
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  21. I'm always super careful about where I log into online accounts anywhere, but I'm especially vigilant when I travel. Wifi hotspots and public computers are the absolute worst for sensitive information. DON'T USE THEM!
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