As travelers, we spend a lot of time focusing on securing our valuable, making sure we obtain accommodations in safe locations, and safeguard our travel documents to prevent theft. However, there are some of us who forget to properly secure the authentication credentials for our various online travel accounts. In this day and age where the average person has at least 10 accounts, it would be easy to recycle the same password for a few of the accounts. However convenient that may be, it is not a good option for one major reason – account compromise from hacking.
Let us say for the sake of argument, you have a JetBlue account, a Hyatt account, and an Amtrak account. Your gmail account is used for all of these accounts and they all share the same password. Should the gmail account be hacked, it would only be logical for the hacker to attempt to use gmail password to access your travel-related accounts. If you happen to be one of those Diamond, Platinum, or Multi-million point account holders, it would not be an issue for someone to drain your account dry or transfer some miles or points to another account.
So, what is is one to do? Well, I guess that depends on the number of accounts you have. You can set a different password for each account, if you still wish to use one email account for all of your travel-related business. Or, you can use a different email account for your airline, train, hotel, and other travel-related accounts. Or, if you are tech savvy (and you trust the application), you can use an application or software that will randomly generate and safely maintain the passwords in an encrypted vault for you. The option you select will depend on the number of accounts you have to manage, the value of your accounts, and whether or not you are tech savvy.
If you are one of the individuals who use the same password for everything, maybe it is time for reset. While the likelihood that your travel accounts will be hacked and accounts drained of your precious points and miles is low, why take the risk?