International Travel Security

International Travel SecurityTraveling for business or leisure often increases the crisk of cyber targeting. Practice safe online behavior and security of Internet-enabled mobile devices. The State Department website contains safety information for every country in the world.   

Here are some tips provided by the Department of Homeland Security regarding cybersecurity while traveling. Particular measures are recommended for high risk countries as listed. Consult the Recommendations for High Risk Countries for guidance. 

Dangers of International Travel 

  • Public wireless networks are insecure and may allow access to your Internet-enabled devices. Keep in mind that the public networks found at airports, restaurants, hotels, and cafes may be a threat.
  • Public computers are accessible by anyone. Travelers should not trust these computers as they may not be updated with the latest software. They may be infected with malicious viruses and software. 
  • Travelers are often targeted by thieves. Be wary of your electronic devices.

Best Practices

  • Before you go
    • Back up electronic files.
    • Remove sensitive data.
    • Make sure you are using strong passwords for all accounts and devices.
    • Make sure that the antivirus software is updated.
    • Arrange to use loaner devices whenever possible.
  • While traveling
    • Keep an eye on all devices.
    • Be conscious of your surroundings.
    • Consider using a privacy screen.
  • Returning home
    • Devices used abroad may be compromised. Take safety measures such as changing passwords when you return. 
    • Run antivirus scans on your devices.
    • If your credit card was used while traveling, check your statements for any discrepancies.