Ensuring you stay safe when heading abroad is undoubtedly one of the most important issues people must consider before travelling.
Personal safety whilst abroad has long been a topic for discussion, but in the digital age protecting your data and privacy, such as credit card information, is equally as important.
Whether you’re using your card to shop online, book flights, visit internet poker sites or use it to obtain free spins for Casumo, it’s crucial to ensure your digital safety.
Here are five tips to avoid your data and privacy being compromised while travelling abroad.
Keep your documents safe
Don’t take any documents with you that you don’t need. Bank or credit card statements, medical documents or private correspondence should be left at home.
Once you’re abroad, make sure you leave your hotel with essential items. Don’t leave any sensitive documents or items lying around in your room while you are out as this can leave you wide open to identity theft.
Use the internet carefully
Airports, hotels and cafes can often expose you to ‘public’ connections.
The message ‘this connection is unsecured and others may see your information’ should act as a major warning sign when it comes to browsing.
Avoid logging into your bank account, email or any other accounts that hold sensitive information. If you are planning on accessing online gaming try to utilise a secure encrypted connection
Set up a travel email account
Using your personal or work email abroad could be costly.
If someone accesses your accounts through unsecured connections, the amount of damage they could do to your livelihood or on a personal level is frightening.
If you must access these accounts abroad, exercise the maximum amount of caution when doing so.
Bank ATMs are the best option
Identity thieves have been known to install card readers in ATMs which allow them to access your card number and PIN.
This largely happens at machines away from banks – in hotels, petrol stations, convenience stores and so on.
Security at bank ATMs tends to be higher and although these can still be compromised thieves tend to stick to easier targets.
Don’t leave your mobile phone unattended
Mobiles phones have become the Filofax of the 21st century.
They’re rarely turned off and almost always logged in to apps that give easy access to a host of personal information, and everyone has probably been guilty of leaving theirs lying around.
Make sure you set a password on the phone so someone who finds or steals it can’t use it, and consider deleting things like banking apps before travelling.
And remember, the advice for using public internet connections applies as much to your phone as it does to computers or laptops.