ID Theft Resources

Don’t Let Spring Break Travel Break Your Family’s Security

Written by Sydney Brown for Symantec

Spring break vacations are the perfect way to recharge your batteries and kick-start summer. Whether you plan to hit the ski slopes, dip your toes in the sand, or just take a short road trip, traveling with peace of mind is essential for the ultimate reboot—especially during popular and often-hectic travel times like spring break. Unfortunately, the luxury of convenience and ease can also create the perfect scenario for cybercriminals.

Simple tips to keep in mind

To keep your vacation fun and relaxed, and to help protect against identity theft, consider the following:

  • Be careful when using public Wi-Fi networks – If you access public Wi-Fi while traveling (or even in your hometown), install and use a virtual private network (VPN). This will give your online activity more protection from eavesdroppers. Without a VPN, anything you do online could be observed by someone else on the same network.

    If you must use a public Wi-Fi network without a VPN, don’t enter passwords to your online accounts, and avoid the temptation to shop online if it requires entering credit card information. These activities should wait until you’re on a secure network.

  • Help protect your devices – Consider all of the personal information on your smartphone. Your email, social media and banking apps, to name a few, likely contain personal and private information that you wouldn’t want to fall into the wrong hands. Take a moment now to add a password to your device. You should also enable any lost-device tools, which may come in handy if you misplace your phone, tablet or laptop.
  • Count your cards – Before heading off on break, consider the number of credit cards you’re carrying. Do you need more than one? Or, perhaps, one, plus a backup, in case the first is lost? If you have a lot of credit cards and carry all of them with you, you may be one lost wallet away from having a mess on your hands.
  • See you later – As tempting as it may be to post pictures from vacationland on your social media channels, refrain from doing so until you’re safely home. There’s no sense broadcasting that you’re far, far away—possibly making your home a burglar’s paradise.

Even if spring break is already behind you, keep these tips in mind. They could help you be a safer road warrior any time of year!

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