How to Keep Personal Data Safe When Traveling

Distracted travelers are more vulnerable to card fraud and identity theft.

By Andrea Woroch

The busy travel season is here, and millions of Americans are preparing for their long-awaited summer trips. While a lot of effort goes into vacation planning – from researching destinations to booking hotels and airfare – excited jetsetters often overlook an important detail before takeoff: how to keep personal and financial data safe. With credit card fraud and identity theft on the rise, distracted travelers are more vulnerable than ever and should be serious about safeguarding their information.

“Travelers are easy targets for identity thieves, especially during times of peak travel such as the summer,” says Kamil Faizi, identity theft specialist at IDShield.com, a company that provides identity theft protection to more than 1 million people in the U.S. and Canada. “Identity theft can happen globally, and the same technology is used by thieves regardless of where in the world one is traveling.”

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