Laptops and Devices
When you travel, you will often bring devices like laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other gadgets that store your personal information. Protecting the information from these devices from prying eyes can be a bit complicated, but can be extremely important when traveling to certain countries. Devices can be confiscated, and you want to ensure that you have a backup (so data is not lost) and encryption (so data is not compromised) to protect your data.
Traveler Privacy is in the process of developing a set of guides to help you protect your devices when traveling– coming in February 2012.
Kenneth G. Lieberthal of the Brookings Institution frequently travels to China. When he does, he follows a routine that seems straight from a spy film. He doesn’t bring his own laptop and cell phone. Instead, he brings “loaner” devices. He erases them before he leaves the United States, and he wipes them clean when he returns. When he’s in China, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are always disabled, and he never lets his phone out of his sight. When having sensitive discussions, he doesn’t just turn off his phone, he removes...read more
PrivacyCast has a great overview on connecting safely to public WiFi networks when on the road. Key tips: Use (AND VERIFY!) SSL connections when possible Use a VPN or Proxy Be careful what networks you connect to Definitely worth a read…read more