By now you’ve probably heard the United States is considering issuing a ban on laptops and other large electronics on international flights. If you’re flying into or out of the US, you may be required to follow these new regulations.

The first — and probably easiest — thing you can do to reduce your risk is to not carry sensitive information on your devices at all. If you can leave important documents at home or in the cloud (using your UNB Office 365 email or OneDrive), you can travel with an “empty” laptop and retrieve your data when you can connect to a secure network (we encourage you to use the UNB VPN service when using non-UNB networks).

If you must carry sensitive data, you can carry your data on a USB key that you can keep on your person, separate from your checked or packed laptop. Using UNB’s secure file drop, you can even email yourself important files before you leave.

Finally, you can also encrypt the hard drive of your computer. This protects your data with a password so in the event your laptop is lost or stolen, you can reasonably assume the data is safe from prying eyes. For advice on encryption, particularly for laptops that may contain sensitive information, contact the ITS Service Desk. Consider using encryption for all portable media or storage devices such as USB keys or external hard drives.

Traveling safely always means planning ahead. This includes thinking about the data you travel with. To protect your privacy and property, here are some common security hygiene practices you can follow.