Travel securely – Cyber Security tips for vacation travel

Travel securely – Cyber Security tips for vacation travel

by Alannah

Do not take your work or personal devices with you, particularly if traveling to non-democratic countries. One possibility is to use a temporary device, such as an inexpensive laptop and/or a prepaid “throw away” cell phone purchased specifically for travel.

You could also create a “throw away” email account for use only on the trip. Delete the account when you return.

Be sure to password or passcode protect (passcode refers to mobile phones) the device, but do not use the same passwords/passcodes that you use on your work and personal devices. Consider using a sentence or passphrase that’s easy to remember.

If you must take your electronic devices with you, secure yourself with the following steps:

Only include information on the device that you will need for your travel
Encrypt your hard drive to protect your data
Make a full backup of your device and leave it at work in a secure location.

Be sure that any device with an operating system and software is fully patched and up-to-date with security software. Check with local support technicians to ensure you have the latest patches.

Make copies of your passport, airline tickets, drivers license, credit cards and any other document you take with you. Leave one copy at home.

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