Sure we all want to relax and escape any type of stress during vacation, but being aware of the world around us and preparing for it is better than lamenting a loss. Here we give you a list to help you be stress free and protected from criminals.
1. Stay informed. Stay aware.
We all heard the phrase, "knowledge is power" which in this case it really is power. Not only do you have knowledge on the type of threats there are, but how to protect yourself from them. For example a laid-back demeanor becomes an easy target as supposed to someone aware and informed on how and where attacks happen, and how to prevent becoming a victim. Criminals are always on the look out for easy targets, hungry to exploit, looking to steal phones, computers, data, identities, purses, wallets etc.
2. Beware of locations your computer travels.
It is recommended to maintain the use of your computer for your hotel room, condo or apartment. Avoiding bringing it to the beach, pool, bar or vacation excursions, where the chances of you forgetting it and leaving it behind or getting it stolen are higher.
3. Stay safe with an antivirus
Keeping a current and effective antivirus on your devices will help keep your vacation stress free. Vipre is a powerful antivirus with anti-spyware that features advanced security for your devices without slowing them down, such as automated patching of vulnerable software programs, a firewall to stop malicious web traffic, an anti-spam filter, a bad website blocker and more.
4. Install a VPN.
When not at home, access to the Internet is usually through hubs that are not secure. The reason why installing a VPN becomes important. A VPN known as Virtual Private Network allows you to access a public network as if the devices are connected directly and securely.
VPN provides secure communications based on encryption. A VPN is visualized as a secure tunnel between device(s) and all others on a LAN or the Internet. To create one there are VPN apps available, many of them free offering certain amount of data usage.
5. Don't Trust Your Hotel Room
As much as we would like to believe our hotel rooms are safe, they unfortunately aren't. Breaking into a hotel room is much easier than most people think. On that note, it is crucial to not take bank account numbers or personal information with you. If for some reason it is necessary in your trip, make sure you don't leave it behind in your room.
6. Keep away mail and newspaper pile up
Don't give away the hint no one is home. When you are planning a long trip away from home you may ask a friend or trustworthy neighbor to pick up your mail or newspaper everyday. By keeping the mail or newspaper intact while you are gone it gives away to criminals that no one has or will be home for a while making it an easy target for burglary.
7. Keep your wallet or purse small
Yes this can be taken as set a budget for your trips, but in this case the less you take in terms of bank or credit cards the less you are vulnerable to fraudulent attacks. It is also important to never travel with your social security card, confidential or other personal information.
Look out for credit card skimming.
Cards with magnetic strips are still a big problem when it comes to attacks. Hotels, restaurants, shops, and transportation decks, make it easy for someone to turn away with your card and clone it in a matter of seconds. The best solution to prevent an attack like this is to obtain and take a card with an embedded chip.
We hope these tips help you and your family stay safe and protected and wish you best of travels.
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