Planning a trip? Check out these three quick tips to start traveling safely before you even leave home — and a little extra one that could save you a bundle of money.1. Do this to make sure you’re on the right booking website, and not an evil twin
Every year, millions are lost — and countless vacations ruined — by fake booking sites crafted to look just like the real ones. Imagine handing your payment over an airline or hotel, and showing up the day of the trip to find out they’ve never heard of you.
Add to that the just plain fraudulent online travel booking sites out there, baiting you with ads and promises of great deals, only to take your money and disappear.
It happens. A lot.
But not to you, it won’t. Because you will do this.
While we’re on it, did you know our Real Site feature protects you from hackers hijacking your router and redirecting you to fake phishing sites? Real Site is included in Avast Internet Security, Avast Premier, and our Ultimate bundle.
Using a credit card instead of a debit card when booking your trip helps protect your money in two ways:
Before you click that ‘book’ button, make sure your VPN is on. This will ensure all the sensitive details you’re about to blast onto the internet are properly encrypted, disguised, and secured.
Don’t have a VPN yet? No worries, you can get one right now. A VPN is simply an app you can install on your computer, smartphone and/or tablet. When you switch it on, it disguises everything you do online — in this case, your payment details, personal info, or vacation searches — under a thick blanket of encryption that makes it impossible to hack into. And It does several other really useful things too.
We’ve developed Avast SafePrice, a free add-on that finds the best travel deals online. It takes one click to add it to your browser, and it automatically scans thousands of sites to find you the best available deal on whatever you’re searching for. And because it only scans verified sites, you don’t need to worry about scams.