Tips for traveling safely with technology

Whether you are planning a vacation or professional trip, you will likely take along a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other mobile device. Follow these tips to safeguard both your own and the university’s data.

Before you travel

  • Consider taking a device you only use for travel.
  • Securely back up data stored on your device(s) or media.
  • Prepare for limited internet access by downloading materials for offline use.
  • If you are traveling internationally, register your travel at the U-M Travel Registry.   

During your trip

  • Use a secure internet connection, such as the U-M or Michigan Medicine VPN.
  • Avoid internet cafes and untrusted networks.
  • Avoid plugging USB-powered devices into public charging stations.

When you return

  • Change your UMICH (Level-1) password immediately upon your return.
  • Scan your device for malware and viruses.
  • Consider wiping your device (depending on where your travels took you).

Visit the Safe Computing website for more information and links to helpful resources.