Tips to Keep Summer Travels Safe and Secure
Whether you’re hitting the road for a weekend trip or flying across the country this summer, it’s important to be vigilant with your money while traveling.
Here are nine financial security tips to consider before your next trip:
- Inform your bank and any credit card companies about travel plans before you leave. This will help to eliminate transaction rejections and account holds.
- Travel with more than one form of payment method.
- Monitor financial transactions daily with digital banking services.
- Activate transaction alerts for your debit and credit card expenses. If you suspect your account may have been compromised, apps like MobiMoney allow you to turn off your card immediately.
- Be cautious of public Wi-Fi and charging stations. Use your own power adapter and plug it into a wall outlet or purchase a portable power bank to stay charged during travel.
- Limit your Bluetooth access by disabling it, unless in use, to avoid unwanted connections. If you need to use public Wi-Fi, avoid activities that involve logging into password-protected sites. This includes checking your online accounts or even online shopping.
- Know the limits on how much you can withdraw from your account and be sure to save your receipts.
- When choosing an ATM, be sure to look for signs of tampering. A good rule of thumb for this is to limit your ATM use to a machine that is attached to a bank or credit union, not a stand-alone.
- While we know it is fun to take pictures and post them on social media, it could leave you susceptible to a home invasion. We suggest waiting to share them publicly once you arrive home.
Stay safe and happy travels!