Nowadays, thieves use a variety of the most advanced options to retrieve your most important information in order to utilize it for their personal gain. In most cases, thieves take advantage of your absence in the office or home for identity theft. Discussed further in this article are some important tips to prevent identity theft while traveling or when you are away from your office as well as work place.
As the first step, stop your mail by informing the local post office to hold your letters and other inevitable information until you are back from your vacation. Equally important is to secure your critical information such as social security card number, credit card and debit card details, mortgage and bank account details in a safe place, preferably in your credit union or bank’s safety box. In fact, it is better not to keep these significant documents in your house, as if thieves manage to get inside your home when you are away, they will get sufficient time to move around and search for these details.
Likewise, stop newspaper when you plan for a vacation, since piling up of newspapers in your doorsteps can easily let thieves know that you are away from your home. Further, never make postings like “I am on vacation” or “I am on leave and will be back after a week” in social networking sites such as Twitter, Orkut, FaceBook, and MySpace. Sometimes, such postings may serve as an open invitation for thieves to steal your important information.
Further, when you pack your bag for traveling, never carry important documents in your travel bag as well as wallet. For instance, it is advisable to carry only one or two credit cards or debit cards in your wallet. If you carry ATM card and bank check in your hand, then avoid carrying more money in your wallet. The safer option would be to use credit cards instead of using ATM cards and checks. However, be careful when you use credit card in restaurants or shopping centers, as thieves may use a special device in order to clone your important information.
Similarly, while on the road, it would be better if you secure your wallet in your front pocket rather than carrying it in your back pocket. Equally important is to avoid leaving your personal information such as passport, wallet, and laptop in your hotel room when you go for sightseeing tours or to indulge in prime activities of the place.