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Cyber tips for a stress-free vacation

Keep your passwords that have been saved in your phone safe and uninstall frivolous apps before you go on your trip


December is vacation month. And long holidays are a magnet for hackers and scammers to try to make a quick buck from unsuspecting vacationers, or lure people who are seeking discounts on products and services. It's also an ideal time for identity theft. According to Experian, a multinational consumer credit reporting firm, 15 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2016; up to one third of that happened when people were on vacation.

In Singapore, the police said they received about 200 reports of scams involving fake lucky draws from online shopping sites in the first nine months of 2019. The cops are also investigating 278 scam cases involving fraudulent online purchases, with victims being cheated of about $250,000.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 27, 2019, with the headline 'Cyber tips for a stress-free vacation'. Subscribe