Vacation Dangers

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 9:42am

Identity thieves have their eyes set on your info and money.

While you are planning for summer fun scam artists are looking for ways to steal your money and your identity.

"You wouldn't put a sign on your front door saying, 'I'm on vacation.' So you shouldn't say that electronically with social media," warns Amber Yoo of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

She says while people are often good about protecting their personal information, when we hit the road, we often let our guard down.

"A lot of times you see people who aren't even on vacation yet saying, 'I'm going to Mexico next week, I can't wait.' Or they're posting photos while they're on vacation. And the thing is, depending on your privacy settings or where you're posting that, for example, Twitter, that could be totally public," she explains.

Yoo says post your family photos when you get home.

You should also be careful how and where you connect to the internet while you're traveling.

There are bad guys who do nothing but try and get your computer password when you surf the net in public locations.

"We recommend that you avoid using WiFi hotspots to do sensitive transactions such as looking at your bank account, because it's possible for a thief to do something called WiFi sniffing and figure out your log in and password," Yoo warns.

Before going on vacation you should also clean out your purse or wallet, remove unnecessary credit cards, and don't carry cards with your Social Security Number.

If you have a debit card, make sure it requires a PIN number.

Finally, use the hotel safe for valuables like your passport.
 

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