Travelers should be aware that their banking information and identities may be stolen during the Thanksgiving holiday season. Here are five ways to protect yourself.

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Travelers should be aware that their banking information and identities may be stolen during the Thanksgiving holiday season. Here are five ways to protect yourself.

Traveling Americans have been warned that their banking information and identities may be stolen.

Hackers are reportedly preparing phishing scams for TSA PreCheck members and Black Friday shoppers this holiday season.

Crane Hassold, Abnormal Security’s Director of Threat Intelligence, recently told Forbes about a new scam targeting travelers that caught his attention.

A fake TSA email has been circulating ahead of the holiday season, asking travelers to fill out a form with their personal information and pay a fee.

The site from which the email was sent, however, is owned by a Bulgarian scammer who receives the money and personal information.

You can tell if an email is fake by looking at the web address it leads to.

According to Forbes, “consumers should always verify that the web address they are visiting to register for TSA PreCheck ends in.gov.”

“Any website that does not end in ‘.gov’ and claims to allow consumers to register for TSA PreCheck is not an official TSA PreCheck website, and consumers should not provide personal or payment information.”

Passwords should not contain common phrases or numerical sequences.

Over 20 million accounts used “123456” as a password, according to the national cyber security center’s worldwide analysis of passwords.

It’s also a good idea for customers to use different passwords for each financial account.

Personal information like Social Security numbers and dates of birth should never be given out to strangers, and bank and credit card statements should be checked on a regular basis.

When using public Wi-Fi, whether in a hotel or an airport, be aware that fake networks may appear to be the real thing.

Scammers give their network a familiar name so that potential users will connect, making them prime targets for hackers.

While charging stations appear to be a convenient way to keep all electronics charged, criminals can gain access to your device by hacking the USB port.

Hackers can use malware to gain access to passwords and other sensitive information stored on phones.

“Juice hacking,” as it’s been dubbed.

To avoid being hacked, make sure to charge your device directly in an electrical outlet.

When traveling or in airports, use a VPN to make your online activities completely untraceable by securing and encrypting the connection.

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