Cover Your Assets: Tech Tips for Your Travels
Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, the following safety tips will set the foundation for an enjoyable and problem-free experience.
Faculty and staff
Traveling for work? Check out a laptop from the ITS Help Desk instead of using a personal device. The university laptop has no personal information on it and will be wiped as soon as it is returned.
Operate under the assumption that every Wi-Fi network you connect to has someone looking for information on it too.
Do not do online banking unless absolutely necessary. Make provisions ahead of time for paying bills, managing accounts, etc…
Use a prepaid cell phone instead of bringing your own. If you connect to public hot spots in foreign countries, there’s a good chance your phone will get infected.
Change your campus password as soon as you return to the States, especially if you have used your account on open/free Wi-Fi. The same goes for your personal accounts.
You may also want to check out these helpful resources:
- SANS, Staying Secure on the Road
- The FCC provides Cybersecurity Tips for International Travelers, including a link to information related to online security and privacy information in various countries
- US-CERT includes warning about charging devices and using public Wi-Fi, and suggests turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use.
- Northeastern University International Travel Safety and Security Tips
Contributions by Nathan Manwiller, ITS Technology Support Specialist, and Louann Gilbertson, UW-Platteville Information Security Officer