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5 Holiday Travel Safety Tips #LifeLock

Many of you may be planning to travel over the next few days if you haven’t hit the road already. I know the holidays mean more running around for us as we try to see as many family members as possible…some we only see this time of year.  Between shopping and visiting, we are out and about a lot this time of year.

Unfortunately, it’s also a time we need to be more cautious about protecting our personal information from identity thieves and other unsavory individuals. (You’ve seen Home Alone, right?) We just need to be more aware of what information we are giving out and where.  It’s easy to get distracted and excited – causing us to miss red flags if we aren’t paying attention.  Here are some proactive tips to help protect yourself when traveling whether it’s out of state or across town!

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5 Tips for Safer Holiday Travel

1 – Be cautious about how and where you share your travel plans especially on social media.  It can be exciting to tell everyone about an awesome trip you have planned or to complain about who all is going to be at your Gramma’s house, but try to keep that information off of the internet.  Nothing says empty house! like announcing a family road trip to the world.  I try not to mention my family’s travel plans too much until after we’ve returned or I’m vague about whether or not all of us are gone.

2 – Put your office address on luggage, not your home address.  This will help keep your home more secure if someone else ends up with your belongings.  We usually include a business card in our luggage tags.  Don’t forget to put identifying information inside your suitcase too in case something happens to the outer tag.

3 – Password lock your phone.  If your phone is lost or stolen it will minimize the personal information a stranger can access.  Also, use at least 5 characters and avoid easy to guess ones like “12345.”

4 – Monitor bank and credit card statements for unauthorized charges.  While shopping for gifts and spending more than usual, it’d be easy for extra charges to go unnoticed.  Keep an eye on your statements and contact your bank or credit card company if anything looks out of place.

5 – Contact credit card companies before traveling especially out of state or country so they are less likely to freeze your account for suspicious activity. (It may also may help to use your card to buy something at the airport before leaving.)  When I went to NYC, I notified my credit card company of my travel dates so they knew I was going to be there and would be less likely to put a hold on my card.  I’ve known others who’ve run into issues due to holds and it can really create stress.

What tips do you have for holiday travel safety?

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For even more tips on safe guarding yourself and your information, be sure to check out the LifeLock Facebook page and follow @LifeLock and #LifeLock on Twitter.  Also, be sure to play the LifeLock for Life Sweepstakes for a chance at great prizes while learning tips and facts that can help protect you from identity theft.

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Disclosure: I am a LifeLock Brand Ambassador and will be compensated for sharing this information with you.

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  1. Dawn December 22, 2012 Reply

    I see people share their travel plans all the time on Facebook. “Check-ins” are especially bad, in my opinion – it’s like a stalker’s dream come true.

    Dawn
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    • Darcy December 29, 2012 Reply

      Depending on how one uses the check ins I don’t think they are too bad.Syrana

  2. mel December 22, 2012 Reply

    What great tips!! I have to agree- never talk about going away on social media sites.
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  3. Ellen Christian December 23, 2012 Reply

    I always worry about safety when I travel. So good to know there are ways to be safer.
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  4. Nikki December 23, 2012 Reply

    I never would have thought about putting my office address on my luggage! Of course, my office is in my home, so I’d have to think of a way around that one! :)
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    • Darcy December 29, 2012 Reply

      That does make it trickier. We always put my hubbys biz card in ours even if I travel without him. If you have to put yours it’s okay but if you can find an alternative it’d be safer!Syrana

  5. Lolo December 23, 2012 Reply

    Having a password lock on your phone is so important. Not only is your information in it, but so is your family and friends.
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    • Darcy December 29, 2012 Reply

      Yes! I keep so much info in my phone and it’s not just mine.Syrana

  6. Jeannette December 23, 2012 Reply

    I always forget to password lock my phone! Thanks for the great travel tips!
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  7. manda December 23, 2012 Reply

    I had to use some of these tips for my son when he left this past friday on vacation! Thank you for sharing them!
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    • Darcy December 29, 2012 Reply

      You’re welcome! I keep thinking of more that I should have added but these are my top ones.Syrana

  8. Kecia January 9, 2013 Reply

    We just got home from a trip – wish I had read this post sooner! I need to go change the contact information on our luggage tags ASAP!
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    • Darcy January 10, 2013 Reply

      Glad you found it helpful!Syrana

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