Safe Summer Travels: 6 Ways to Protect Yourself Against a Lost or Stolen Device

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Your personal electronic devices are valuable — not just the device itself, but the data it contains. If it’s lost or stolen, it’s sure to ruin your vacation. You might also lose your identity to a thief. Here are some steps to protect yourself:

  • Lock your phone down with a strong password or PIN, or use the fingerprint lock
  • Preserve any photos, work data or important information on your phone by backing it up before you leave
  • Print out and carry copies of travel documents, confirmations and important phone numbers you might need while traveling so you can continue your vacation — or get home — in case you lose your device
  • Keep your devices close by and in sight at all times — thieves prey on inattentive travelers, and if you let yourself get distracted by your surroundings or the fun you’re having, they’ll swoop in
  • Don’t carry your phone around in your hand unless you’re actually using it; a fanny pack around your waist keeps it snug and secure, and you can still get at it quickly for photo opportunities
  • Don’t put devices in your checked baggage or leave them unattended in your hotel room — and if your room has a safe, use it

If you want to be extra safe, ESET Smart Security Premium secures your Windows, Mac and Android devices and improves your chances of recovery if they are lost or stolen. Take these few extra precautions and don’t let a thief steal your fun.