“We leave breadcrumbs wherever we go," said Robert Siciliano, the identity theft expert for Hotspot Shield, a free (with ads) or paid Virtual Private Network, or VPN, app for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows devices that cloaks your actual IP address.
Internet: Surf using VPN protection and change your passwords at least every six months. Get a software program that stores, saves and creates passwords. Siciliano has more than 650 passwords but remembers only critical ones. He recommends MacAfee Livesafe for its password manager, virus and spyware protection.
Airbnb or similar private-home lodging services: Ask questions. Do not be afraid to call a host up to vet him or her. Check the reviews.