A significant percentage of the credit card theft each year is a result of poor data security at hotels. Keep a separate card for travel expenses to quickly identify a compromised card and report it to your credit card company.
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Hotels security breaches make up a shockingly high percentage of the credit card data heists each year. How high? 38 per cent of cases can be traced back to hotels. Everyone is worried about the waiter stealing their credit card info but restaurants comprising only 13 per cent of data breaches by comparison. At the New York Times they highlight the root of the problem:
Mr. Roman works with hotels to improve security technology, but he said that as the industry hit tough economic times and hotel owners cut spending, security upgrades sometimes lagged. Proper technology security "requires purchasing not only of software and hardware, firewalls and encryption programs," but training staff and constantly monitoring of transactions and data access, he said.
"We're seeing thousands and thousands of credit cards being hacked out of hotel systems. So I would say the industry is not doing incredibly well on this," Mr. Roman said.
Ideally you'll use a separate card for your travel expenses so any odd charges, however small, will stand out immediately. Barring a separate card for travel be extra diligent about checking your statements after you travel to ensure no mystery charges appear. Many times credit card data is sold and sits idle for a period of time before being used so stay vigilant about combing through your bills.
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