Identity theft


Protect your personal information while away

Don’t post holiday plans

Don’t post holiday plans, activities or holiday photos on your social media page while you’re away. This may lead a criminal to your home, since they’ll know when you’ll be gone.

Use luggage tags

Use covered luggage tags to keep your information away from prying eyes.

Turn off GPS

Phone apps using GPS can be used to collect, use and share your personal information without your knowledge. Some cameras also have a built-in GPS. Turn the GPS feature off on your phone or camera.

Turn off GeoTags

GeoTags give the latitude and longitude of where your photo was taken. Turn this feature off on your phone or camera.

Shield your PIN and passwords

Cover the PIN pad as you put your PIN number in. Shoulder surfing is an easy way for thieves to get your personal information. Use ATMs inside a bank for further protection.

Use credit cards

Use credit cards while travelling, since they offer additional protection against criminal activity. Keep an eye on your card to avoid card cloning and check ATMs and PIN pads for skimmers.

Stay safe when using laptops and tablets

Use your own laptop/tablet in a public place, like a library or hotel. Delete your temporary internet files, cookies and history often.  Keep your cellphone with you or keep it in a secure place.

Protect your valuables

Keep your passport, wallet and personal papers in a travel pouch under your clothes and not in a backpack

Use multiple passwords

Use a different complex password for each of your devices.

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