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Tips to help you travel cyber-safely

Author: tidBiTS

Posted on Jun 7, 2019

Category: IT Security , General Interest , Tips and Tricks

Travelling outside of Canada this summer for work or vacation?

Here are some best practices for keeping your devices and information safe and secure during your travels:

  • Remember, border agents have the right to access all your devices, including phones, tablets, laptops and even USB keys.
  • Avoid travelling with sensitive information on your devices. If you must travel with sensitive data, save your files to the cloud (using your UNB Office 365 email or OneDrive) rather than directly on your device.
  • Temporarily remove any apps that hold personal information from your devices and wait until you’ve arrived before reinstalling them. Removing apps from your devices will help prevent border agents from being able to access your personal and confidential information.
  • If border agents do handle your devices, change your passwords as soon as possible.
  • Do not save passwords within web browsers. Once again, this will prevent border agents from being able to access any websites or accounts you have saved.
  • Encrypt your devices. This will protect your information with a password, keeping it safe from prying eyes in case any of your items are lost or stolen. Just make sure you don’t forget your encryption password or your information will be lost, even to you.

Finally, here is an important tip to remember no matter where you are:

  • Steer clear of unsecured and free Wi-Fi. This is often how individuals get hacked. Use your device’s data if possible or connect using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) like UNB’s VPN instead.