According to AAA, 54.3 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home this holiday season — a 4.8% increase over last year and the highest amount of holiday travelers in the U.S. since 2005. For those heading off on road trips, flying, and even those staying at home, it’s important to keep you and your safety in mind. Here are some tips to stay on top of protecting your home over the holidays.
Last year, USA Today reported that 30% of Americans said they’ve had a package stolen and even more say they know someone who’s had it happen. Many households are turning to security options from Ring and Nest in order to capture video at their front door and around their house in case they have a package stolen.
Posting that you’re on vacation can let potential thieves know that your home isn’t being watched. It’s a good idea to make sure that your privacy settings are set so that your vacation updates are not available to the general public. Check your Facebook settings here. Other social media networks like Twitter and Instagram have similar options to ensure your privacy is protected.
It’s tempting to jump online any time you have access to free Wi-Fi, but those networks often aren’t secure. Hackers sometimes even create fake networks that are named similar to a hotel or major landmark in order to trick users into logging on and putting their personal information at risk. If you do have to use public Wi-Fi, don’t do anything that requires you to enter personal information or payment details.
It’s a good idea to check your credit card statements every month to make sure nothing unusual shows, but after a big trip, it’s wise to pay extra close attention to your bank and credit card statements. It’s often easy to miss something small when you have extra spending, like around the holidays or during a trip.
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