Whether you are planning a vacation overseas, a professional trip, or just a local getaway, you will likely take your smartphone, laptop, or other mobile device with you. Here are five tips to help you safeguard both your own—and the university’s—data.
- Require a password, passcode, or PIN for access to your device, and set the screen to lock after 15 or fewer minutes of inactivity.
- Turn on the app or feature that helps you find your device and/or erase its contents if it is lost or stolen.
- Encrypt your data. Keep your data safe by encrypting your device. Learn more at Export Controls on Encrypted Data.
- Use a secure Internet connection, such as your phone’s cellular network, and turn off optional network connections (WiFi, Bluetooth) when you are not using them.
- When you return, scan and clean your device. Run a full in-depth scan for malware, using anti-virus and anti-spyware tools. If any malware infections are detected, follow the remediation steps recommended by the antivirus tool.
For instructions and additional resources, check out Safe Computing: Traveling with Technology.