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Identity theft is on the rise, and with summer vacations in full swing, this is a great time to remind customers of what they ID Theftshould do to reduce their risk of identity theft while on the road.

  • Use a PIN-based ATM card instead of a debit card.
  • Leave checkbook, debits cards and all but two credit cards at home.
  • Closely watch who has your credit cards and for how long.
  • Frequently check credit and bank account activity on a secure computer or by phone.
  • Tell banks and credit card companies about travel plans, and give them your cell phone number in case they notice unusual charges.
  • Don't access personal or financial information on public computers and, when using your own laptop, make sure the wireless system you're using is legitimate and secure.
  • Use a hotel safe when available. Assume your locked hotel door will never be "locked." Many people you don't know have access to your hotel room.
  • Never leave personal information in a rental car.
  • Never share specific vacation plans on social networking sites.

Many home insurance carriers now offer ID theft coverage that can be added to your home policy. This coverage will help you resolve the issues that arise from having your identity stolen. Contact us today for more information Benway-Johnston Insurance 603-432-3357.

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