Keeping Safe While Booking that Dream Holiday
Norton by Symantec Has Some Tips to Stay Safe Online
When planning your next holiday, the most obvious thing to do would be to head online and search for the best rates for your travel, from accommodations to tours. Once you’ve found a deal that suits your budget, you immediately whip out your credit card and key in your details for an online transaction. This may be the easiest way, but it’s also a rather risky affair. Here are some tips to stay safe online, courtesy of Norton by Symantec.
Don’t Share Your Plans with the World
Avoid posting questions on forums, blogs, and message boards that indicate where you’d be headed to and for how long. Information such as these will let potential burglars know when your house would be empty.
If you do have burning questions that need to be answered, use pseudonyms, do not reveal the exact date of your stay, and do not share where you’d be staying at. It’s also good to be wary of any form of help being offered by others from the forums.
Identity thieves can easily pull information from various sources, such as a boarding pass and luggage tags. Use initials and provide only your email address or phone number on luggage tags if you need to do so.
If It’s Too Good to be True, it Probably is
When surfing the web for good deals, you may come across deals that promise the world for a bargain. These deals most likely lead to phishing sites.
Secure Your Mobile Devices
Accessing the Internet at public places, such as airports and cafes, on your mobile devices can be dangerous, especially if it’s unprotected. Installing security software on these devices will provide a much greater protection against phishing.
Turn Off Bluetooth and File Sharing
Experienced hackers will be able to access information on your devices the minute they are able to connect to your device. Don’t give them a chance to do so.