These days, it’s hard to stay disconnected from technology and work. Many people understandably need to take their devices with them when they travel, either for work or on personal vacations. From laptops to smartphones and tablets, taking a few simple steps before you leave, while you’re away, and after you come back can help ensure that

  • Encrypt any mobile device you travel with. Provost IT automatically encrypts all mobile devices our office purchases and distributes, so there’s nothing you need to do. For personal devices, most manufacturers have built-in and free encryption options which can help protect your device. Apple laptops have a tool called FileVault, Windows devices have a tool called Bitlocker, and most newer iOS devices can be encrypted simply by setting a passcode. Adding encryption to your device transparently makes it almost impossible for thieves to steal your data should your device become lost or stolen.
  • Keep valuable electronic devices out of sight and with you at all times. Whether you’re in a public space or crowded train, keeping your devices out of view and not using them in crowded areas in the first place is one of the simplest steps you can take to stay safe – thieves probably can’t steal your device if they don’t know it’s there.
  • Take note of your device’s information in case it gets lost or stolen. Be sure you have its serial number, IMEI (another unique identifier), and its full model kept in a location away from the device.
  • Never use public internet terminals or kiosks. Commonly found in hotels, airports and coffee shops, these devices can often contain malware which will steal your personal information and login credentials.
  • If you’re traveling to a high-risk country, such as one the United States imposes sanctions upon or otherwise blacklists, consider not even taking your devices at all. Not taking your devices, and not connecting back to data, systems, apps or other electronic resources at home, is the simplest and easiest way to stay safe. If you must travel to a medium or high-risk country and bring your work device(s), please contact Provost IT before leaving. Our team has additional requirements and steps we can provide upon request.