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
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.
We hope these tips help to ensure a more enjoyable and
relaxing summer vacation. If you need to contact us while you’re away, call
717-436-2144 or 800-528-2273.
Stay safe and happy travels!