Keep­ing Safe While Book­ing that Dream Hol­i­day

Nor­ton by Sy­man­tec Has Some Tips to Stay Safe On­line

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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.

Be Wary

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.

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