Identity Protection During Business Travel

When you’re on a business trip, you should be aware of more than just personal safety. Protection of your identity is important as well. You already have enough charges on your credit card, the last thing you want is some clown thief creating another card in your name without your knowledge.

Follow these tips to maintain their identity when traveling:

Remove Unnecessary Personal Information From Your Wallet

A driver’s licenses as well as passports for overseas travel are necessary for business travel. See this post for personal information needed to book a flight. You should remove unnecessary cards from wallets or handbags prior to travel. These can include shopper discount cards, library cards, employee identification cards, and other cards and forms of identification that won’t be needed while traveling. Instead, store them in a safe place at home. This will also help you travel a bit lighter as well.

Use a TSA-Approved Lock On Your Luggage

Keep luggage locked, especially if you will be using an airport shuttle service where bags are mixed up and tossed into a holding area. Use a TSA approved luggage lock on each piece of luggage; choose different combination’s for each lock or invest in a set of locks that use a universal key card.

Use a Money Belt or Documents Organizer for International Travel

Many travel product companies offer money belts or document organizers to store passports, boarding passes, identification cards and other essential personal documents. Choose a document organizer that is slim enough to fit under clothing and that can hold all of your travel essentials. Some organizers can also be attached to a belt and worn underneath clothing.

Lock Your Mobile Phone and Personal Electronics

Corporate travel often necessitates bringing along laptops or notebooks, smart phones, and other business travel gear. Business travelers should set their smart phones and other devices to lock after a few minutes of inactivity, and to unlock only with a secure passcode. In addition, consider changing passwords for e-mail and other personal accounts before and after traveling to keep personal information secure.

Apple offers an app called Find My iPhone, which is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The system can locate the device using the GPS chip or wi-fi built into it. However, the service requires the device to have a MobileMe account configured to it.

Follow these tips and keep your personal identity secure. Do you have any additional tips to share? If so, please leave a comment.

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