We take all types of summer vacations, camping, cruising, exotic locations. We travel by car, boat, and plane. No matter where you are going, or how you get there, please follow these tips so you don’t have to spend the rest of your summer trying to reclaim your identity.
When renting a car do not synch your phone to the rental car.
According to a report from Privacy International, most major rental-car companies have no policies to delete sensitive information that is collected during a rental once a user returns the car. You may have experienced this yourself if you’ve ever picked up a rental and find that the device information of the last 10 renters was still stored in the vehicle. That means, if you were to sync your own phone, the next renter would have your information at their fingertips.
Make sure you have a VPN on your phone or tablet.
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, allows you to create a secure connection to another network over the Internet. VPNs can be used to access region-restricted websites, shield your browsing activity from prying eyes on public Wi-Fi, and more.
Empty out your wallet.
Many people carry 3 or more credit cards in their wallets, along with their bank card, and Social Security card. When traveling take just one credit card for use on the trip, that way you can track your specific charges and immediately see if anything wacky shows up. You do not want to use your bank debit card for purchases as the protection is much less than with a credit card. Never carry your Social Security card in your wallet.
If you follow these few tips, you will not have to spend your time after your vacation trying to reclaim your identity. Be smart, then you will have nothing more than great pictures and fond memories of your summer vacation.