Memorial Day weekend has kicked off the unofficial start of summer, and we are all ready to get to the beach. You know you need your sunscreen and other essentials, but are you prepared to protect your personal information while you travel? LastPass can help you prepare for your Summer trip and also keep your family’s online life safe.
Use Form Fills to make booking travel easier
Booking travel for the family can be a pain. Between booking flights, hotels, car rentals, activities, and more, you need to enter your name, address and credit card information so many times. Using Form Fills in LastPass can automate that data entry for you and keep your travel rewards credit card at your fingertips.
Start by creating a Form Fill in LastPass that will contain all your contact information and credit card information and be securely stored in your vault. Now when you go to a website that needs this info, you simply click the Form Fill icon and your data will be pulled into the correct fields. You’ll save so much time, you won’t know how you ever booked travel before using Form Fills.
Store important travel documents in LastPass
On your Summer trip, you never know when you’ll need backups of important documents. For example, save copies of your passport, travel insurance, booking confirmations and more in your LastPass vault. You can simply create a Note to keep a record of that information. You can even upload attachments with pictures of these documents if you’d like.
I like to save confirmation emails from all my hotels and restaurant reservations and save them in a Note in LastPass. This way if I don’t have internet to access my email, I can still access this information in my LastPass Vault because LastPass is available offline.
Change security settings to allow LastPass access in other countries
If you’re traveling outside the country, you’ll have to allow access to LastPass in the countries you will be visiting. Full instructions can be found here. This will ensure you have access to all your stored documents, credit card information and of course passwords.
Turn on two-factor authentication
Traveling means we often find ourselves using unknown computers or WiFi. To keep your accounts safe, be sure to turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) for LastPass. Instructions can be found here.
2FA adds an additional layer of security to your LastPass account. Your username and master password are the first factor for your LastPass account. And the second factor is typically a generated code or fingerprint – depending on the two-factor option you choose. Requiring both is what adds additional security. So even if your password is compromised, no one could get into your account without the second factor data. That’s especially important if you’re using a hotel computer or stopping at an Internet café to check email and credit card accounts.
Depending on the 2FA option you choose to use (LastPass Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, etc), you may need access to your phone – and your phone will need either a cellular or WiFi signal. This is important to keep in mind, especially if you’ll be out of the country and not paying for data. If you want a 2FA option that doesn’t require your phone, consider a YubiKey. YubiKey is a physical device that allows you to authenticate without the use of your phone. It works with iOS and Android.
Now you’re ready! I hope these steps can help make planning and traveling safer and easier this summer.