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You’ve worked hard, you’ve waited long, and your well-deserved Spring break is so close you can almost feel the sand between your toes. It’s easy to think that nothing could possibly get in the way of your vacation bliss, but the bummer of it is just when you’re feeling most relaxed, you could be at your most vulnerable — particularly when it comes to your digital devices. That’s why it’s essential to be carefree without being completely careless.

From planning your perfect escape to enjoying the getaway of your dreams, keep the following tips from Norton in mind.

If it seems too good to be true . . . it probably is
It gets tempting while planning for Spring break to find “too-good-to-be-true” deals. Be wary of scams offering free airline tickets, phishing emails around frequent flyer mileage or offers for discounted excursions. Also, look for “trust seals” like the Norton Secured seal verifying the site’s security before making your purchases.

Plan ahead — give your devices a life vest
A missing phone can be a far bigger headache than a line at the airport. Install security software like Norton 360 Multi-Device before you hit the road so if your device is lost or stolen, you can remotely locate and temporarily lock it to prevent anyone from accessing it.

Unplug for a while — you’re on vacation after all
The best way to keep your information safe on Spring break is to just not use it — gasp!

But, if you absolutely can’t keep yourself from “checking in” or uploading your latest adventures to Instagram, keep your information safe by using personal protection like Norton Hotspot Privacy — which keeps your signal safe and anonymous — or wait until you’re on a private network before conducting any potentially sensitive activities online.
Make your vacation memorable for all the right reasons and don’t let digital security risks stand in your way.

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