Digital travel safety

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before you leave

Backup and encrypt

Ensure your devices are backed
up completely to multiple safe
locations before you leave. In
addition, encrypt all data on
your devices.

Use anti-virus software

Use anti-virus and firewall
software on your devices to
prevent security attacks. Make
sure your operating system and
applications are up-to-date.

Avoid external storage

Avoid using unknown USB
drives, CDs, DVDs, or other
media storage with your
devices. These can harbour
malicious software (malware).

Be wary of the border

You may want to travel without
any sensitive data. Border agents
in some countries have been
known to seize devices and
duplicate the data on them.

Two-factor authentication

Investigate whether your 2FA
method will work at your
destination. Text message 2FA
might not work in places with
spotty cell service.

Limit what you pack

Use company phones and
computers that can be wiped
clean upon your return, or buy
a cheap burner phone to use
just for the trip.

Use tracking software

Install device tracking software to
locate missing or stolen devices,
or to remotely wipe its memory
and storage in the case that it
becomes irretrievable.

Use a charging block

Use a charging block rather
than a USB port at a charging
kiosk. Charging cables can be
used to transfer data, leaving
your data vulnerable.

Protect your credentials

Use strong, temporary passwords
during your trip and revert to
your original passwords later on.
Use different passwords for each
of your different accounts.

during your trip

Get secure access

Securely access data from your
destination. This may be hard
to do if you are somewhere
without reliable Internet or if
your location blocks VPN.

Avoid unsecured Wi-Fi

Many public venues offer unsecured Wi-Fi. Never transmit sensitive data using unsecured networks unless you take other steps to prevent digital snooping.

You may be monitored

Be aware that your web activity
(e.g. webmail, web browsing,
Skype, Wikipedia, Google Apps)
may be monitored by the
government or other entities.

No secure access

If there is no VPN available,
avoid sending confidential data.
You may even want to set up a
disposable email account to use
during your trip.

Beware of public devices

Public or shared devices may be
insecure or contain malware that
can capture passwords and
communications. Using these
devices can be risky.

Watch your devices

Pay close attention to your
devices and keep them nearby at
all times. Turn off auto-connect
for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi