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Travel Tip: Keeping Your Personal Information Safe

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When you make a reservation, how does the travel industry store and then protect that data?

The answer: not very well.

Hackers can easily access all of your travel records, and that also includes your method of payment.

For decades, the travel industry—especially the airlines—relies on a six-digit record locator, often called a PNR, or Passenger Name Record.

Anyone with that locator number and the passenger’s last name can access everything.

Many airline sites do not limit the number of failed attempts to view reservation details.

What’s worse is that the airline reservation systems do not track logins.

Until the airlines beef up security, keep in mind how many people can easily access your information if they have your locator.

So keep that six-digit confirmation locator—that PNR—secret. Don’t share it with anyone but the airline.

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