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Staying Secure During Travel

Traveling with digital devices, including laptops, cell phones, smartphones, or tablets, is often necessary in order to stay connected while you are away from the office or home. Connecting to the Internet, checking email over a wireless network, even making phone calls with a smartphone are all day-to-day tasks on the road that can make your personal information, the University’s data, and your physical devices vulnerable.

Equally important is the security of your credit cards and identification, such as a government-issued ID (driver’s license, passport), WildCARD, membership cards, and even your boarding passes. The barcode scanned at the boarding gate can contain your name, frequent flyer number, record locator, or other personal information that could be used to access your airline account and obtain additional information, such as your phone number, email address and the name of the person that booked your flight.

To keep information and devices secure from hacking, malicious software, or theft, here are several tips and best practices whether you're traveling to the other side of the city or the other side of the world. Keep in mind, the hardest decision may also be the safest—if a device, credit card, or document isn't absolutely required for your trip, leave it at home.

Physical Device Security

Network Security

Data Security

Note for International Travel

Information, technology, software, and equipment may be subject to U.S. export control laws. Several countries are subject to US embargoes, and the shipment or transfer of items or information to such countries may be severely limited, if not outright banned. Please refer to the University’s Office for Export Controls Compliance website for further guidance, and contact that Office’s Director if you have any questions or concerns.

Last Updated: 30 January 2017

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