International Travelers at Higher Risk of Identity Theft
International travelers experience a higher level of risk for identity theft than Americans who choose to vacation within the United States. In fact, leaving the United States could make it 1.5 times more likely to have your identity stolen than staying close to home, according to a new study from LifeLock Inc. and Javelin Strategy & Research.
The survey revealed that frequently posting your location on social media could increase your risk of identity theft by 46%, while checking in with GPS increases it by 27%.
The riskiest destinations for identity theft include:
- South Asia (2.4 times more likely)
- Eastern Europe (2.4 times more likely)
- Western Europe (1.7 times more likely)
- Canada (1.5 times more likely)
- Latin America (1.5 times more likely)
A recent study from American Express showed 77% of Americans are planning to travel domestically this year, but 18% plan to leave the country.
Europe is the number one international travel destination for Americans, with an estimated 59% of non-domestic vacationers heading there this year.
“While it is always important to actively protect your identity, when you are planning a trip, it is a time to be extra vigilant and practice safer habits to help protect your information,” said Hilary Schneider, president of LifeLock. “Criminals are ready to take advantage of the increased opportunities traveling offers in their attempts to compromise your identity. It is up to all of us to take precautions to make it harder for them.”