Tips for traveling safely with technology

Woman wearing Block M t-shirt with costumed dancer in Cuba, surrounded by tourists and musicians.
(Michigan Photography)

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

Before you travel

  • If you don’t need it, don’t travel with it.
  • Plan which Duo options you will use and enroll in them if needed.
  • Securely back up data stored on your device(s) or media.
  • International Travelers:
    • Register your travel at the U-M Travel Registry.
    • Prepare for limited internet access by downloading materials for offline use.
    • Consider taking a loaner device or other device you can wipe on your return.

During your trip

  • Use a secure internet connection, such as the U-M or Michigan Medicine VPN.
  • Avoid using public wifi and other  untrusted networks if possible.
  • Keep your device with you and/or physically secured.

When you return

  • Scan your device for malware and viruses.
  • Consider changing your UMICH (Level-1) password upon your return.
  • International Travelers: Consider reformatting your device.

Visit Travel Safely With Technology on the Safe Computing website for more information and links to helpful resources.