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How to protect your family's tech while on spring break

3/21/2014

After enduring the cold months of winter and making it through a long stretch of work or school, spring break is finally within sight for many employees and students. When planning your family's getaway to warmer locations, mobile technology can become a valuable asset. There are countless apps to help you book flights, hotels and dining reservations. And when you reach your destination, travel apps can provide insights regarding exciting activities for your entire family to enjoy.

However, mobile device security becomes a particularly significant issue while traveling. It is especially easy for individuals to lose their devices when running them through airport security systems and using smartphones to look up directions. Travel tends to require mobile users to take out their devices more often than usual, and distracted travelers staring at their screens are prime targets for phone thieves. When enjoying your spring break, be sure that you and your family are safeguarded from the risks of data and identity theft.

Make mobile device settings more secure
Smartphone owners may want to tighten the security settings of their devices while traveling. Independent Traveler pointed out that it is important for mobile users to be careful about public Internet connections in airports and hotels. The source advised to avoid logging into bank accounts, work email addresses or any other sites where sensitive information may be stored. If you must access these accounts, check to see that the Web host provides encryption protection.

Be careful with credit card information
Mobile technology has made shopping more convenient than ever before, allowing smartphone owners to purchase items on-the-go, but entering credit card information on personal devices could put individuals at greater risk of fraud. Mobile users should avoid entering personal data when connected to public networks and only use official bank ATMs - Independent Traveler noted that identity thieves have installed card readers at non-bank ATMs often found at hotels and convenience stores.

Check your security when you return home
The signs of identity theft may not become apparent until after spring break has ended, so smartphone owners should continue to take precautions when they have returned home. It is often a good idea to change passwords after a vacation.

Vacationers should also check their bank activity for any signs of unauthorized purchases. Identity thieves have stealthy methods of covering their tracks from victims, and some criminals carefully ensure that their purchases do not show up immediately on bank statements. With this in mind, individuals may want to continue to review their financial accounts for suspicious activity in the weeks following their spring break trips.

Unfortunately for fraud victims, mobile phone insurance plans generally do not offer coverage from data or identity theft. That's where ProtectCELL comes in. With ProtectCELL's identity protection program, you can enjoy your spring break and minimize your mobile security worries. ProtectCELL helps fraud victims recover their identities through the assistance of a dedicated resolution specialist. The program also provides damage remediation and ID Theft Support powered by LifeLock, giving you the ultimate protection from identity theft.

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