When someone posts a comment on Facebook such as, “Off to the shore with the family for the weekend,” they might as well add, “Key is under the front door mat.”
Nashville, Tenn. (PRWEB) January 20, 2013
As reported by ABC News on Jan. 8, 2013, the firing of a Transportation Security Administration agent at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport brings the total number of TSA officers fired for alleged theft up to nearly 400 since the agency was formed in 2003.
Power4Patriots is best known for teaching people how to build their own environmentally-friendly sources of energy such as solar panels and wind turbines so that they can slash their power bills and be safe when power outages occur. But the company, which recently formed an arm known as Privacy4Patriots, is also very interested in helping people maintain their privacy while traveling.
Here are Power4Patriots’ 5 ways to secure privacy while traveling:
- Password protect devices. Many people have personal, financial and medical information on their cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices. If any of those devices are lost or stolen, owners will sleep better if they protected them with difficult-to-guess passwords.
- Upload tracking or “find-me” apps on digital devices. Thieves like to target laptops, tablets and smart phones carried by unwary travelers, due to their resale value. There are a number of apps that allow people to track their devices. Some apps will even take photos of the thief.
- Keep vacation and other travel plans private. When someone posts a comment on Facebook such as, “Off to the shore with the family for the weekend,” they might as well add, “Key is under the front door mat.” Broadcasting one’s absence on social media sites is an invitation to a thief.
- Only use secure Wi-Fi venues. Ask venue owners if their wireless router is encryption enabled. When checking email or accessing financial information, make sure that the website has “https” at the beginning, which indicates that they encrypt data during transmission.
- Remember to log out of public computers. Internet cafes and libraries can be great places to check email while away from home, but logging out is very important. There are information thieves who hang around in those types of places, watching for people who forget this simple but crucial step.
Check out this Power4Patriots blog post to learn four ways to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.