Security in Another Country

I recently made a trip to an international country and let me tell you, there were some pretty lax security measures. I mean incredibly lax. Well only one specific part. My passport, my international identification was copied by many people and the number written down at many locations. Copied down in locations where other people could see it and could copy it down as well. It drove me crazy. I am still not 100% sure why they needed my information in that manner and why everything needed to be copied for anyone to take… and write down… and reproduce.
Am I going crazy? Probably I am overanalyzing it too much but this is my life, my information and it takes a lot of time to fix the information that is out there and being used in a malicious way. I don’t like to have too much information out there and I understand that this may be ridiculous considering I have a blog and a twitter account but I do this for specific reasons. I do this because I love security and virtualization and I love to talk about it. A lot. I even talked about it to people that I met on vacation. My voice changes, my attitude changes… everything. But I don’t share my personal information on this blog. I don’t even want to share where I went on my vacation. I want my personal life to be personal.
Anyway… I had to share my passport information with them. I had to. Oh it drove it me crazy. I know… random blog post. It’s what I do. It has been driving me crazy and has not left my mind for weeks and of course I had to share with all of you. I needed to bring you into this train of thought. It’s what I do. I need to share some of this. And possibly when you are doing your international travel you will see all these things, you too will remember that passport information is being kept insecurely and therefore we need to be extra aware. Awareness is what security is all about. This blog is all about awareness

  1. #1 by Andy Cunningham on November 28, 2012 - 02:47

    Certain countries have legal requirements for hotels to track passports of foreign guests and there’s not a lot you can do about it. However, if I’m expecting this I take copies of the photo page and give them the copy rather than the passport. At least that way I know I get my passport back and not a forged copy. I’ve only done it on a few recent trips but haven’t run into a problem yet. “I’m not leaving the desk without my passport and I’m calling the police if you take it out of my sight” has been used on previous occasions where language permits. And on the subject of risks when travelling, check out Adam Laurie’s video on hotel safes:

    • #2 by erinkbanks on November 29, 2012 - 08:36

      i didn’t watch the video but I thank you for the information regarding making copies of the passport. I have always kept copies in case I lost the passport but I love the idea of giving them the copy as opposed to them copying it… thank you!!!

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