The season of adventures and blazin’ fun is here! Your summer might consist of different experiences and we want you to be able to keep your information safe while you’re out enjoying yourself. Whether you’re traveling the globe or living your best life with a staycation, make sure to follow these tips to keep your identity safe!
NOTIFY YOUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTION
Before going on your trip, contact your financial institution to let them know the dates and location of your vacation or staycation. This way, you’ll be able to use your debit card comfortably without it getting blocked while you’re trying to make a purchase. Do the same with your credit cards. Consider also setting up text-message balance alerts — you’ll be able to see if there are any suspicious transactions almost immediately.
SCHEDULE YOUR BILL PAYMENTS AHEAD OF TIME
Making payments while on vacation could provide an opportunity for fraudsters to steal your identity. You’ll also avoid any late payments if they’re all set up ahead of time.
KEEP IT ON THE DOWN-LOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA
It’s recommended that you post about your trip after you return to prevent potential thieves from finding out about your plans. Geotagging on photos or posting your location on social media could help thieves keep track of where you are.
AVOID USING PUBLIC WI-FI
Public Wi-Fi could let potential hackers get access to your information. If possible, use your own Wi-Fi hot spot when traveling.
MAKE A COPY OF YOUR IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
Keep a copy of important documents in a safe place, such as a safe or a suitcase with a lock, in case of an emergency. Important documents could include your passport, driver’s license, photo ID, travel permits, insurance cards, credit cards, etc.
ONLY CARRY WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE DAY
Don’t carry all of your money or important documents with you while you’re out and about. Set a budget for the day and lock up the rest of the money along with important documents.
USE YOUR CELLPHONE’S SECURITY FEATURES
Make sure to always password-protect your cellphone — especially because of the sensitive information that can be stored on your phone. Enable the location-tracking feature on your smartphone in case you need to find it or reset it remotely.
BRING ONLY WHAT YOU NEED
Don’t take all of your debit or credit cards with you on the trip. Same thing with all of your IDs. Leave some of them locked in a safe place at home.
Now you’re ready to take on every single adventure coming your way this summer! Our top priority is our member’s security. Leave a comment down below if you have any extra tips to follow this season!