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-- are spending big bucks to recover from identity -- some sixty billion dollars my next guest says business travelers in particular prime targets for thieves.
It's the -- and not the device he says that you should be worried about John silly identity theft expert his website is called I love the stink like a spy dot com.
-- -- so why are travelers so at risk.
Jerry it's for the same reason that.
African lions gather around the the watering -- you know the helpless animals are so focused on getting -- on quench their thirst I'm getting to the water.
If they make for an easy dinner.
Well when we travel we're so focused on.
Getting to our flight on time to on the presentation that we've got the next day.
That we ignore the danger signs so hotels and airports you know they become the watering holes for data -- -- -- -- -- I don't you know I hear what you're saying here because -- -- on a business trip yourself focused on the business trip you forget about your own safety and I was looking at your list of five tips.
Everything on this list I'd be wrong absolutely everything and I wanna go through this because.
I would I would shocked by this travel -- would what do we leave that home.
If you have travel data light means if you don't need the debit card the cheque book certainly the Social Security number Social Security card.
Leave those things -- home if you don't need the extra computing device.
You know we all travel with -- with so many gadgets they love those gadgets because it centralize as all of that -- into one place.
Leave those things -- travel like.
And you can see you could open that thing up right now and learn everything you want to about me including.
-- my bank account balances.
Well my Social Security you know it's all on there and it never occurred to me that you know may be might when a password protected.
-- you know that the mobile devices the problem is we've been thinking of them mostly -- phones and now they are fully functional computers so you have to take it seems that you would on a computer you need.
Password protection you need -- Enables security software remote tracking so that you can wipe out the contents if it ever is stolen and certainly don't leave it on the cafe table when you go get another cup of coffee.
At the very least but what about the hot spot in -- -- you know in a copy story I mean that.
I'm -- I'm finding whatever hot -- I can just kind of serving on the back to whatever is going on there and you're saying that's the big mistake.
You know did your parents ever tell you there's no such thing as a free lunch -- -- data that's the truth if if you're using a free hot spot essentially you're -- all of your identity out over this open connection.
And and with a simple free program you can download anybody can watch what you're sending emails data account plug -- the works.
It's that he had a little I'm shocked I had no idea.
Yeah and it and there's a simple solution you can tether.
Yourself on meaning you -- your cell -- communicates with your laptop and communicate via a cost -- fifteen dollars a month.
It's an encrypted which means safe connection.
And it's not that inconvenient.
Are -- privacy -- putting me when it has to do with hotel.
Yeah hotels you know when we -- that the hotel room.
The unfortunately the cleaning services tend to be.
Filled with undocumented workers who need identities to stay in the country.
Instead of leaving all of your data in the room at high risk.
I recommend either taking it with you in a -- -- or put -- privacy sign on the door call housekeeping.
Let him know you're gonna be in the room all day and don't have people in and out of that room handling your data I wonder how many Gerri Willis is there are out there in -- That's that's -- course you also say pay attention monitor your accounts your your bank accounts savings accounts more closely when you're traveling right.
Yet you know if when you go to the watering holes if you you understand if -- mindful of the fact that.
People are looking at you people are are.
Exploiting your vulnerabilities.
You start to notice these things and when you monitor your accounts whether it's online account alerts or just going.
Going share count in taking a look at it on the web you can -- very quickly you don't have the huge outlays win when you are hit.
Alright John thanks so much great stuff really appreciate your time I I feel educated now.
It's a pleasure travel safe.