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Take Pictures of Your Credit Card Before You Travel

Discussion in 'Vacation Travel Information' started by MULTIZ321, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. MULTIZ321

    MULTIZ321 TUG Member

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    Take Pictures of Your Credit Card Before You Travel
    By Alicia Adamczyk/ Travel/ Two Cents/ twocents.lifehacker.com

    "There’s no shortage of things that can go wrong when you’re traveling: You might lose your debit or credit card; your purse could get swiped; your phone could fall down a grate in front of your hostel (yes, this happened to me).

    To recover the phone, you’re going to need to get creative: My rescue involved a 10-foot pole with masking tape on the end of it. Taking care of a missing credit card is slightly less physically taxing.

    First, before you leave for your trip, take pictures of the front and back of your card, and write down your credit card info in a safe place. You likely know that you should make copies of your passport and ID before you go abroad, and a credit card is no different. If you lose or misplace it, having the photos and information handy will help expedite the recovery process....."

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    Richard
     
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    Ianneyan TUG Member

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    Great tip!
     
  3. VacationForever

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    These days you can just log into your credit account to get pertinent credit card information which is safer than making a copy of credit cards. If someone gets the copy and decide to sell or use your credit card information you are toast.
     
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    I have been scanning the front & back of our credit cards, drivers licenses, and the info pages of our passports for years. I then put the scanned photos in an email and send it to myself with a subject not related to what it is, but has a clue of what it is for me. The email is put into my "saved" email folder along with other important information on other emails. I can access that email from anywhere in the world should I need the information. So far we haven't. Our adult children are now also doing the same thing.


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  5. PigsDad

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    Nope. I would never store my credit card or ID images someplace that is not strongly encrypted. Photo share sites and email is not that secure and can be easily hacked. I use a reputable electronic wallet app that supports strong encryption (a minimum of 4K bit), and I can access that anywhere in the world if needed.

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    There is excellent tip and suggestion.
     
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    Just curious is anything 100% safe and secure :rolleyes:
     
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    We have always done this. Passports, drivers licenses and insurance cards also.
     
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    All my cards now have a place in the app or site to lock the card. No real need to have the info separate unless I lose my phone, iPad and there’s no computer anywhere in which case I couldn’t access the photos eithero_O

    I do always carry a scanned copy of my passport:thumbup:

    Cheers
     
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    Good idea!
     
  11. PigsDad

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    Of course not. But something that is using 4K-bit encryption is infinitely more secure than photos in your email account. :doh:

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    This is not a smart idea. Why not write down all of your passwords and leave them next to your computer for easy access. I do make a list of the 1-800 numbers for the credit cards I am carrying when I travel. That’s enough.
     
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    Oh - email is probably the easiest thing that can be hacked. As others have mentioned, any email you send with financial info should be encrypted.
     

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