While You’re Away, Cybercriminals Will Prey

Frances O'Brien

Summer is a great time to get away and relax, but for many, safety remains a number one concern. In fact, 72% of U.S. travelers say they would pay more for vacation if they could ensure greater security, as well as protection against cybercrime – a top priority.

To make sure your vacation is met with relaxation rather than security breaches, there are a number of steps you can take to keep your mind at ease. Before leaving for vacation, small actions such as turning off home computers and backing up data can go a long way toward protecting your privacy and wallet. Once arriving at your destination, be cautions when using public Wi-Fi at the hotel or a local café, as your bank account, credit card login and other personal information may be left vulnerable to cyber criminals. Additionally, if using an iPhone – or other smart device – while away, consider changing your password and removing stored information to ensure minimal information can be accessed in the event of theft.

For additional peace-of-mind, take the time to sit down with your agent and broker to discuss your current policy and ensure you and your family’s (cyber) safety while away.

To learn more about how to protect yourself from potential cyber breaches this summer, visit: http://www.thinkadvisor.com/2017/07/03/while-your-clients-are-away-cybercriminals-will-pr

Fran O’Brien is Division President, North America Personal Risk Services at Chubb.

 

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