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Keep security in mind on your summer vacation

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When you travel, there probably are a few must-haves in your suitcase: your toothbrush, deodorant, socks, shoes – you get the idea. But one travel must-have we don’t always think about is security. While you’re away from home, you might be using public Wi-Fi, tagging your locations (whether or not you realize it), carrying around your passport, and using your credit card more often. Those things could put you at a higher risk of identity theft.

Here are some security tips to help keep you safe this summer – and beyond:

  • Keep your software — operating system, web browsers & apps — up to date to protect against the latest malware threats. Most software can update automatically. Set yours to do so.
  • Don’t assume a Wi-Fi hotspot is secure. Wi-Fi hotspots in coffee shops, airports, hotels, and other public places often are not secure. To protect your information when using wireless hotspots, send information only to websites that are fully encrypted, and avoid using mobile apps that require personal or financial information.
  • If you often use Wi-Fi when you travel, consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN creates an encrypted connection between your device and the VPN provider’s network. That allows you to securely connect to the internet by keeping your exchanges private while you use Wi-Fi. Typically, you pay for an app or service that allows you to use a VPN. Some VPNs are more secure and easier to use than others, so shop around. Read reviews from several sources, including impartial experts.
  • Check the location services in your phone’s settings. If you don’t want to share where you are, consider turning off location services. If you use social media apps, check the default settings to know if your location is posted along with photos or check-in’s.
  • Act quickly if sensitive information gets lost or exposed. That means your Social Security number, passport, driver’s license, credit or debit information. Our resources at can help you recover.

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One other thing to keep in mind to prevent identity theft: do not put the answers to your security questions on Facebook or other social networks.
What I mean by this is many security questions ask about the names of relatives/loved ones or ask about places or things that are important to you. If you have the answers readily available on a public Facebook page, then it becomes pretty easy for a thief to guess and use to reset passwords for email, bank accounts, etc

But, FB had asked me several times by "friend's faces" for security reason. Is that OK? or that are fakes too?

Cynic, I agree 100%. If you put your pets' names on Facebook, don't use them as security answers. Same with your high school mascot. Thieves comb all sources to put enough together to steal your identity.

For "security questions," the best practice is to treat them as secondary passwords. Regardless of what the question may be, create a password consisting of random numbers and letters to use as the answer. Store this information the same way you do other passwords.

Thank you !

Ok I must carefully, and security my identity, of my card, everywhere,when I am Travel,

I use a special tablet when traveling. It has none of my personal details on it so I feel ok about using it in hotels. Still keep it up to date though. I use another tablet for financial stuff and I only use it via my phone or on a secure wifi

The article makes valid points about staying relatively secure, but leaves the reader at a loss for bottom line solutions. Most people do not have the time or interest do do the huge amount of research necessary to get and stay secure. Bottom line software application recommendations should be made by the FTC, and the flak that results can only help mitigate the security problem over time.

I'm grateful that we have these posts to advise is of the latest scams. That's what these articles are for. Here is the scam, here are some suggestions of what you can do to avoid the scam.

Ultimately, each of us is responsible for our own safety - a lot of avoiding scammers is simply common sense. If people don't make the time, or have the interest, to do further research themselves, they are not taking these potential threats seriously. It then becomes a problem they have invited into their lives.

I am receiving calls telling me they are the Insurance Co. and this call is recorded.
I may have made a mistake and said, OK. They immediately hung out up.
The reverse lookup said, high risk, scam.
If anyone gets a call like this, just hang up. Don't reply.

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