Passport and Credit Card Photocopies Expose You to the Threat of Identity Theft
The sun and sand are calling. Vacation is around the corner – one week, no communication with work or friends. Sever all ties to the non-vacationing world and anything that can spoil your beachfront bliss. Before you go, there are a few things you need to think about beyond packing sunscreen and boarding Fido.
You’ve already called your credit card company to alert them to your travel. As a diligent traveler, you’ve probably made copies of said card along with your insurance card and identification. These are great practices, as replacing an ID – especially abroad – is a lengthy and stressful process. But what if you lose your purse or someone steals your carryon? Those same copies that were supposed to bail you out of a jam are now a thief’s all-access pass to your personal information.
To avoid this scenario, travel articles recommend loading your information onto a thumb drive and traveling with that, but plugging that drive into a computer is a very low hurdle for a thief to clear. Some offer tricks like writing down your credit card numbers but creating a system of switching certain numbers to fool a thief, but trying to remember the key under duress is a hassle you don’t need. Another suggestion is to store it in the cloud. Now this is a strategy I can get on board with. Keep in mind that not all cloud systems have the same level of security and encryption.
The best way to make sure you have access to all of your travel documents is to scan them into your secure LegacyShield account before you leave. You might have assumed that this account was useful exclusively for estate planning purposes, but it’s quite handy for travel as well. If you need a copy of your passport, let’s say, you can sign into your account and print a copy. Or, if you don’t have web access, you can have your LegacyShield account contact back home log into your account and send it electronically. This way you accomplish the goal of covering your assets without risking a security breach.
Here’s a list of items you’ll want to consider including:
If you’re traveling overseas, you’ll also want to include:
If you’re traveling with children as a single parent or without your spouse, think of adding in:
Loading this information into your account is also a great opportunity to make sure all the information is up to date, should the unthinkable happen. Make sure you have all of your accounts and passwords – along with distribution directions (AKA will) — listed so that your administrators have all of the information they need to carry out your wishes.
LegacyShield is a complete legacy and estate planning platform that provides the ability to safely and securely create, store, and share all of your most important information today, tomorrow, and anytime you aren’t able. Leave the safekeeping to us, so you can enjoy your journey worry-free. Safe travels!