Protect Yourself while Traveling

This post is dedicated to my family, relatives and friends to help them protect their identity from theft while traveling.


If you are planing to travel somewhere and you are packing your stuff, it is very important to read those small tips that can help preventing your passwords, bank accounts and your digital identity from being exposed.

1. Leave Important documents at home or hotel

Before you set off, only take with you the necessary personal and identification documents. For example, why would you take your driving license with you if you are not going to use it while traveling.
Those docuemtns are easy stolen or forgotten from your wallet.

Once you arrive to your destination, carry a copy of your passport instead of the original one. This will enable you to move around without important things to worry about if they got lost.


2. Avoid public Wi-Fi at airport or public places

Never connect to insecure Wi-Fi network on your laptop or mobile device. Doing that will enable others to capture your internet history tracking data and access your email and social networking accounts. Stay on your 3G or 4G connection instead whenever possible.
Only connect to airport Wi-Fi or public Wi-Fi if you want to do normal internet browsing without using your passwords.


3. Keep your mobile device locked

Password protect your phone in case it is lost or stolen. This can prevent or at least delay others from accessing your email or sensitive data.

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4. Do not store devices in checked baggage

While it may be tempting to store a heavy laptop in your checked luggage, it’s safer to keep your devices with you in your carry-on baggage. Keeping your devices close to you while traveling helps keep snoops away.


5. Avoid posting on social media during traveling

This can be extreme thing to do, but not doing so, may alert others to your absence and give a prime opportunity to snatch your unchecked mail or worse, break into your unprotected house.

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6.  Update everything before traveling

It is very important to update all your devices (mobile and laptop) and make sure they are up to date with the latest software updates prior to going to a trip. Updating them while traveling (on hotel or public Wi-Fi) can increase your chances of downloading malware.

7.  Use the hotel security box

Carry as little personal information with you as possible to protect against pickpockets and muggers, and safely store the rest of your documents in the hotel safe.

8.  Check your bank account activity intermittently

Make sure there’s no fraudulent activity occurring during your trip – and after. Keep an eye on your bank account for several weeks after returning from a trip; identity thieves are patient and will likely use your information after you return home.


9. Change your passwords when you return

It is a good practice to change all your passwords if possible when you are back home. You normally log on to social networks or check your email while traveling, and your passwords may be exposed. Changing them after you get back is a very good thing to do.

Finally, go out there, have fun and I wish you a safe trip.

Protect Your Online Reputaion

Everything you say and do online can have impact on your reputation. You might be surprised at just how much information on you can impact how you look and how you are perceived as a person and a professional.

Why should you care ?!

  • Future Jobs: 78% of recruiters check search engines to find out more about potential employees.
  • Social Media Sites (Facebook, Twitter, Blogs,..) are checked by 63% of recruiters.
  • Current Job: Your digital life is a mirror of your professional success, even internally. Digital behavior is followed by employers, and abusing it can be bad for you.
  • Abusing: 8% of companies have fired someone for abusing social media.

“Always ask yourself, “How would I feel if my boss, parents, grandmother, and spouse saw this piece?” Chances are, they probably will see it”

What should you do about it?!

  • Avoid poor spelling and grammar.
  • Share things that are fun and productive. Avoid posting while you are in bad mood, and always think before you click.
  • If you can, do not share your full birth birth dates, addresses, phone number or other personal information.
  • Monitor postings and tags of your image on social media; use image search if possible.
  • Ask others to remove photos or unflattering mentions of you from social sites.
  • Search your self and see what is coming back. Are you happy about the outcomes? try to improve it
  • Be proactive.. not having online presence is sometime equal to having bad one. So get online and build your strong and proactive digital image.
  • Modify privacy settings on your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Ensure that only friends with whom you don’t mind sharing your personal or photos will have access to that information.
  • If you don’t want your boss or coworkers to see your profile, change your privacy settings to reflect that.
  • Take responsibility for the images, information, stories, and videos that you share online. Your friends, followers, and family expect this, just as you expect it of them.

Quote :”According to Andy Beal, co-author of Radically Transparent: Monitoring and Managing Reputations Online, personal pages on sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter all rank highly in Google searches. LinkedIn especially sends a positive message to potential employers, since it’s widely viewed as a highly professional network. Beal says that 78% of recruiters use search engines in their research when they screen new candidates. 35% of recruiters say they have eliminated a candidate because of something they found on the Web

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