Before you go
- Look out for fake flight and hotel websites
- Obtain specific pre-travel country risk assessments
- Do not take unnecessary identification or credit cards
- Sanitize your laptop, telephone If you can do without the device, Do Not Take It!
- If possible bring a loaner device instead of your work or personal devices
During your stay
- Do not enter sensitive information (credit cards, bank accounts, passwords, online shopping) while connected to wireless hotspots or other unsecured networks.
- Ensure HTTPS is enabled for all web browsing, particularly when using Wi-Fi hotspots such as in airports, hotels, or Internet cafes.
- Keep portable equipment, such as phones, laptops, and flash drives, secure and locked when unattended.
- Do not connect unfamiliar USB sticks or other devices to your computer or phone as they may contain malware.
- Disable broadcast services like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS when not needed.
- Use a virtual private network VPN
- Be careful with physical copies of important documents
- Stay mindful with checked baggage and airport security
When you get home
- Do not use electronic devices (e.g., thumb drives, hard drives, cameras) received as gifts while traveling.
- Do not copy sensitive information onto a computer that has been abroad and has not been wiped upon return.
- Change all your passwords
- Report any unusual circumstances
- Clear your Internet browser
- Review banking and credit card statements for unauthorized transactions
- Scan devices for unusual activities with the help of your IT support professional