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Tips and Tricks for Cyber Safe Foreign Travels
Vacation time is looming, and with the growing strength of the U.S. dollar vs. other currencies, many people are making plans for international travel. If you are among them, be sure you have done all you can to take responsibility for cybersecurity when traveling. After all, it’s a dangerous world out there when it comes to the cyber threat environment. Some common sense and preparation will go a long way toward ensuring your international travel memories are of the good kind.
Let’s break down the tips and tricks of cyber safe travel into two categories. The first is basic “blocking and tackling,” which for the most part is done prior to your travel. The second category deals with security tips once you are on the road.
Held up at the border
First, it is important to know in advance that the travel environment itself has changed. While traveling within the U.S., the TSA agents at the gates are not allowed to confiscate your digital devices nor are they allowed to demand passwords to get into them. If such attempts are made, demand to speak to a supervisor.
The rules, however, are different for U.S. Border Patrol agents and for agents in other nations too. Recently there have been multiple news reports of U.S. -born citizens having to turn over digital devices and their passwords as a condition for entering or re-entering their own country. What can the border agents do with your passwords or data on your devices? How long can they keep that information? How long can you be detained? These and other questions are not easy to answer. But as you will see from the tips and tricks below, there is much that can be done to minimize what might be compromised or inspected while you ensure your trip overall is as cyber safe as it can be.
Basic blocking and tackling, before you head out
Now that you have arrived…
The tips and tricks in this list really won’t take long at all for travellers to put in place. Doing so is great insurance against many of the cyber threats that lurk when your plane touches down on foreign soil. But once that happens and your excitement builds as you head to the luggage carousel, your cybersecurity work is not done. Here are some steps to promote cybersafety on the ground:
Bon voyage! And safe cyber travels.