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Protect your personal data while on vacation

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Have you ever been on holiday and lost your passport, wallet or other critical documents? Unfortunately this is something that happens often. However, you can avoid such unpleasant events, taking 1-2 days to prepare and make sure the most important personal data and ID card you are safe.

Here are some services and tips that can make you travel with a little calm.

Preventive measures

One of the most useful elements in preventing identity theft on the internet is to Inform your bank about the time you will be on vacation and location where you will be. This way you can avoid erroneous charges from unsafe PoS, but you could also avoid the rejection of a transaction by the automated barriers set by bank to avoid them scams (the bank could reject a transaction attempting to be made from an unknown area). You may not even need to call the bank to do so. If you write your bank name and "travel notice" you will be taken to an online portal, where you can enter the details of your trip.

It is also good to scan your personal documents and send them via e-mail to yourself. Boarding passes, driver's licenses, social security cards, passports, IDs, any document you do not want to lose, scan it and keep it in e-mail you.

However, to do this you need to be sure of the security of the email provider you are using. Check the settings security and if they do not cover you, choose another provider.

You can view scanned documents also send to a trusted family member or friend so that if, for some reason, you can not get access in these digital copies, have access through a third party.

Caution! If you lose your physical passport, you must report the loss to the authorities immediately.

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Leave the bills at home

Do not pay your monthly bills online, when you are on vacation. Pay them before you travel. First of all, you will be on vacation. You do not have to have accounts in mind. The most important reason, however, is that Linking to accounts and personal data is another opportunity for infringement of your identity and your private accounts.

For example, when you travel you can be forced to connect to WiFi networks that you do not know are secure. Therefore, when you are connected to such networks You should avoid accessing accounts and applications that contain personal data and finances data.

Use one password manager

If you are trying to control your accounts from a public computer, you are probably exposed to a number of data-skimming software or keyloggers waiting to steal your passwords. One of the best ways to avoid this threat is to use one password manager.

Choosing a good one password manager, you limit the exposure of your password while you have it at your disposal strong and unique codes. Two of the most famous are LastPass and 1Password.

Even with a password manager, just go back to home, it is good to change the passwords for all the key accounts you have logged in to while you were on vacation.

Use a VPN when you are in hotels or when connecting to public Wi-Fi

Utilizing public WiFi may not be common, but it is still a threat. Logging in to the hotel network or any other public Wi-Fi means handing over a detailed log of your activity to Internet. Using a virtual private network (VPN) is the best way to protect yourself. We suggest you prefer a reliable VPN and not any you find for free.

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