Jul 16, 2013

Have You Backed Up Your Wallet For Your Next Trip?

With vacation season in full swing, you may find yourself preparing to travel out of town, or even out of the country. One of the most important components of getting ready is ensuring you have the right data on hand - credit cards, driver's licenses, passports, emergency contact information, and more. Even with physical copies of these documents, and perhaps photocopies of the originals, digitally backing up your data is an important step in being prepared for loss, theft, or a difficult situation.

There are several ways LastPass helps you "back up" your wallet:

Create Secure Notes for Important Documents

With templates for credit cards, driver's licenses, passports, and more, the secure note is a safe way to backup your sensitive information. To get started:
  1. Log into LastPass, and open your vault
  2. Click the "add note" option on the left-hand menu
  3. Select a note type, and name the note, eg "Mary's Passport", "Company Credit Card"
  4. Enter all relevant data points, including the customer service contact information, theft report numbers, and any security questions or pin codes attached to the account.
Now, when you're on the road, if you lose a card or your whole wallet, you can easily reference this information to make the necessary calls, provide the needed details, and issue a replacement if possible.

Attach Photocopies to Notes


LastPass notes also have an attachments feature, so you can attach PDFs, .DOCs, and other documents to your notes.
When preparing for your trip, make photocopies of any driver's licenses, passports, credit cards, and other important cards - even prescription information if it's critical.

Then, before you leave, edit a secure note in your vault, click the "paperclip" icon, and attach these documents to the relevant notes. Now if you need to provide a physical photocopy, as in the case of replacing a lost passport, you can easily login to LastPass, download the photocopy, and print it.

Access Your Data Anywhere


Once you've stored your data in your notes, and attached any important photocopies, you can also rest easy knowing that should you need that information, you can simply login to www.LastPass.com to sync your data.

Or, if you're in a location where you have use of your smartphone, you can also login on one of our Premium mobile apps to view the data.

What are your tips and tricks for preparing your sensitive data for a trip? Share in the comments below!