How to Keep your information Safe When Traveling Abroad (This Post Follows, Travel Security Part One– Stay Protected When Traveling)
When traveling, always be aware of your surroundings. Most travelers are so focused on where and when their next meeting is, viewing the sites, getting baggage, or simply making the next flight, that they do not pay attention to the risks that surround them.
Traveling abroad can also lead to jet lag, less sleep, strain and fatigue mentally and physically, making you more vulnerable to potential security threats. Below, I provide some tips to stay protected in every stage of your trip.
Get accustomed to the local laws and customs before you pack your bags and board the plane. When traveling to a different country, laws differ and local customs become your most important guidelines. Know what the dress standards, communication laws and curfews.
The last thing you want is unwanted attention so be conscious of the clothing you wear and the belongings you keep on your person. For example, a laptop in a fancy case with your company’s business name or logo on it may be a targeted item. Carry minimal cash and do not bring unnecessary credit cards. The less value you keep on you the less important you become to thieves.
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One of the most important items you need to protect is your passport. Keep your passport in a front pocket or a hidden pocket on your body where the likelyhood of being pick pocketed is less likely. Also, some hotels will allow you to store your passport in a secure place and will register your identity with the local police in case of an incident. Do not leave your electric devices unattended and be aware of what networks and Wi-Fi connections you use.
Protection of privacy varies from country to country and the majority of the information you send electronically can and will be intercepted. This is a valuable lesson to learn because when your travel purpose is primarily for business, thieves will target your information to infect not just you but the information pertaining to your company. This can result in losses. Lastly, keep a low profile. Some feel this is the smartest way to keep yourself safe and under the radar of thieves, terrorists and common criminals. Do not bring attention to yourself.
Before you pack your bags and prepare for a long flight home, make sure you have all of your belongings. This includes, your passport, electronic devices, cash, credit cards, any alternative ID’s and be sure that you review your system access with your company’s Information Security Officer.
Information that has been lost or unaccounted for should be investigated. According to the US Department of Justice, attackers are hunting for customer data, employee data, phone directories, computer access, computer network design investment data, passwords and much more. Make sure you go home with everything you came with.