Don't Login on Untrusted Computers

We want you to be able to make the most of technology at all times, including when you travel. In this newsletter, we cover how you can connect to the Internet and use your devices securely on the road.


While your network at home or at work may be secure, you should assume that any network you connect to when traveling cannot be trusted. You never know who else is on it and what they may be doing. Here are some simple steps that go a long way to protecting you and your data before you travel:

The safest information is information you don’t have. Identify what data you do not need on any devices you are bringing with you and then remove that information. This can significantly reduce the impact if your devices are lost, stolen, or impounded by customs or border security. If your trip is work related, ask your supervisor if your organization provides devices that are used specifically for working while traveling.

Lock your mobile devices and/or laptop with a strong password or passcode. This way, if it’s stolen or lost, people cannot access your information on it. In addition, enable or install full disk encryption on your mobile devices and laptops. For most mobile devices, this is automatically enabled when you use a screen lock.

Install or enable software on your device so you can remotely track where your device is, and even remotely wipe it, if it has been lost or stolen.

Update your devices, applications, and anti-virus software before leaving so that you are running the latest versions. Many attacks focus on systems with outdated software.

Do a complete backup of all your devices. This ..

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