As we plow full-steam-ahead into the summer months, many people will be planning some much-deserved time off. Unfortunately, this is also a popular and lucrative time for would-be thieves who target unsuspecting tourists and steal their credit cards and identities. If your summer plans include traveling, there are a number of things that you can do ahead of time to proactively protect your identity while traveling.

Password protect all electronic devices. Whether it’s your iPhone or laptop, make it harder for would-be thieves to access your personal info by password protecting everything. It may take an extra step when using these devices yourself, but keeping your identity safe is well worth the hassle.

Install tracking apps on your mobile devices. Your smartphone or tablet is probably loaded with personal information, so increase the level of protection by installing a “find me” type app. There are also apps that can be activated remotely to essentially lock down your device if it’s stolen.

Log out of public computers. If you didn’t bring your own laptop, you may need to use a hotel computer to do things like check your email while you’re away. Remember to always completely log out of any website you access prior to leaving to avoid inadvertently giving access to the next person who uses the device.

Use only secure WiFi. If you’re going to access the internet via WiFi, make sure the only connections you use are password protected. Most hotels offer this, as do public places, like cafes. If it’s not secure, unauthorized people could access the network and your personal data could become compromised.

Take advantage of your hotel’s in-room safe. Whenever you leave your hotel room, any and all valuables – especially anything containing personal information – in your room safe. This provides an added level of protection in your absence.

Monitor financial accounts daily. Pickpockets are typically pretty quick to use whatever they’ve stolen from you, so stay on top of things by checking your financial statements on a daily basis. This way should you discover a problem, you can have it taken care of right away, before too much damage can be done.

Don’t broadcast your plans on social media. Not only do you need to be diligent about protecting your identity wherever you happen to be traveling, but it’s equally important that you’re careful about everything you’ve left behind. Make sure all privacy settings are intact on your social media accounts and be careful what information you share.

These simple tips can help you protect your identity while traveling so your dream vacation doesn’t have to end with the nightmare of identity theft. If you’ve already become a victim and you need assistance locating the person or persons responsible, feel free to call Lauth Investigations International at 317-951-1100 or visit us online at