Jul 302014

Disclosure: This is a sponsored brand ambassador post with Find Your Influence for LifeLock. All opinions are my own.

It’s been quite a long time since I have traveled very far out of the State of Maine.  I believe the last time was in 2006, when I went on a cruise to the Caribbean with my parents and sisters.  It’s been way too long, and I am in desperate need of a getaway before the snow starts falling again.

John and I have planned a road trip to Niagara Falls in September, and I cannot wait!  While it’s been really exciting to plan where we will be staying, and researching the best restaurants and local attractions, financial security has always been in the back of my mind. 

We haven’t even left for our trip yet, and we have already used our credit card online to buy tickets to a concert (did I mention we will be seeing Lorde in Concert at the Artpark??!!), and to book hotel reservations at three different hotels, each in a different state.  As we make our way from Maine to New York, a 10.5 hour trip by vehicle, we will also be stopping for gas, stopping at restaurants and convenience stores.  That’s a lot of credit card use, at a lot of different places, and that really scares me!

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In addition to using our credit cards at so many different locations, I am wary because well, let’s face it, my mind isn’t as focused as it used to be.  I think ever since I became a Mom, my mind started trying to focus on a million different things at once, and I have a hard time keeping track of things, like my purse, for instance.  I wouldn’t put it past myself to just up and leave my purse some place that’s unsafe while on vacation.  I tend to get wrapped up in the moment, and forget about the important things, like making sure my purse is in my possession all of the time.

I have had my credit card information stolen on more than one occasion in the past.  One time, someone had attempted to use it to pay a bridge toll in Spain.  Another time, someone tried to buy a plane ticket at an Australian airport.  These people are having way more fun than I am, and trying to at MY expense!  Luckily, my bank did not recognize the charges, since they were out of country, and very unusual for me, and did not let them go through.  I can’t say the same thing would happen if my credit card information was stolen and used here in the US, however.  I’m always reading in the newspaper, about these employees that steal customers’ credit card information, and then use it to buy a bunch of stuff at local stores.  That probably would not send any red flags to my bank, since it is a local purchase, and they could rack up thousands of dollars in charges before I even knew anything was going on. 

I really want to be able to relax and enjoy our vacation, without worrying about our financial security.  So, I’m being proactive, and signed up for a one-year membership to Lifelock.  Now, I feel much safer! Lifelock graphicLifelock offers 5 different points of protection for their membersMonitoring Your Identity (via public and court records), Scanning for Identity Threats, Responding to Identity Theft, a $1,000,000 Guarantee for their Services, and also Tracking Your Credit Score.  They help protect your personal information using a combination of data surveillance techniques and outstanding member service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  It sure feels nice to have someone looking out for me at all times, even during the times I forget to look out for myself.

The LifeLock Ultimate credit monitoring service alerts you each time your personal information has been used including to open new accounts. You are also notified if your information appears in criminal searches, payday loan applications, and used for address changes.

Should your identity be stolen, LifeLock will assist you in replacing the contents of your wallet by contacting financial institutions and completing paperwork.  How great is that?!

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In addition to all of that, Lifelock also works with major credit bureaus on your behalf to help remove your name from mailing lists for preapproved credit offers.  I don’t need any more credit cards.  If I did, I would seek them out myself.  I don’t need to get dozens of credit card offers in the mail every month.  Not only is it annoying, but it’s a huge security risk.  What if someone were to get their hands on one of those and sign up for a credit card in my name?  Yikes!

Are you ready to take charge of your own financial security?  Right now you can save 10% off your Lifelock membership with promo code “LifeLockSafety”.  Head on over to the Lifelock Site now to get started!

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  31 Responses to “Protect Your Identity This Summer Travel Season”

  1. We travel a lot, but I always have my valuables with me, so I don’t worry much.

  2. Lifelock is fantastic, I love the alerts when there is a potential problem. Travel would be a challenging time to deal with identity theft, and Lifelock would really give me peace of mind.

  3. I am super vigilant with my personal info all the time, but I’m extra careful when I travel. Identity thieves love to take advantage of travelers. If I go to a restaurant that appears to have a large tourist client base, I’ll pay cash, and I never, never, never, EVER use open Wifi networks.

  4. I love that lifelock helps you contact your finance companies and help complete the paperwork with you! So much better than being alone to do it all.

  5. Identity theft is definitely real and it’s happened to me. I love Niagara Falls – we visited when I was a child.

  6. LifeLock is such a great service. There are so many people affected by identity theft. It’s good to know there is a company out there to keep everyone safe.

  7. We use LifeLock! I’m a big fan! I like knowing I can travel without having to worry about these things.

  8. It’s amazing how much of our information is ‘out there’, very scary! Taking a few simple steps could prevent a whole lot of mess!

  9. I think a lot of people get so wrapped up in travel plans and packing and the stress of it all and that’s how they forget about keeing their info, purses, wallets, etc safe. LifeLock is a great service for those who are busy and travelling.

  10. I have never been a victim of identity theft, but I know many of my friends and relatives have. It is scary. I do everything I can to stay protected.

  11. I have heard amazing things about Life Lock

  12. I had someone using my identity before. It was before the internet and was very hard to prove it was not me. Luckily nothing was stolen as far and money. But my credit was a mess

  13. I bet most people don’t even think of this when traveling! Great tips!

  14. Identity theft is getting crazy. Whenever I travel, I try to pay cash at restaurants and other establishments where tourists may frequent. It’s just too easy for someone to jot down credit card info.

  15. It would be awful to be traveling and have something happen like that! We recently checked into lifelock and were quite impressed!

  16. These are some ideas I hadn’t thought if- thanks for sharing! I could use this next year when we head out if the country.

  17. Lifelock is a great way to protect our identity! Thankfully they stay one step ahead of hackers to keep us safe!

  18. I worry about this so very much. We have had our cc number stolen twice and it is very frustrating and scary. Thanks for the reminder about LifeLock!

  19. I have been hearing a lot about lifelock lately and it is no joke. We have to protect ourselves! BTW: My friends saw Lorde at Lollapalooza last weekend in Chicago and loved it. Wish I was going with you!

  20. My hubby and I just were victimized! It was awful- I keep reading about Lifelock and now I know how much we need to get on board!

  21. I was just suggesting this to my husband tonight. We have had some weird things happen to our mail.

  22. Even with all the awareness and new security features coming out, identity theft has gotten severely out of hand. It’s scary. Identity thieves don’t stop at opening credit card accounts anymore. They actually go after your bank accounts!

  23. What a great way to make sure you are protected. LifeLock is a must have.

  24. I’ve never been a victim, but I do have LifeLock so that is very reassuring. It’s a very scary world out there these days.

  25. Identity theft sounds like a very scary experience. I am going to look into LifeLock. Thank you so much for sharing.

  26. I just signed my family up for Lifelock last month! I’ll have to see how it goes! Makes me feel a tad safer anyway!

  27. My biggest fear is losing my passport/wallet/ids while traveling. My next biggest fear is having my identity stolen!

  28. No, luckily I haven’t. Thanks for sharing on how we can protect ourselves.

  29. I always fear losing my id when I am traveling by plane and I won’t be able to get back. Luckily though i do have Lifelock to help protect me in case my identity was stolen and used.

  30. i haven’t been victim to identity theft but i also take measures to protect my identity. we all should. can’t be too careful – at home or away!

  31. I remember when it was only celebrities who had to worry about identity theft. Now it’s everyone!

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