Spring is here, the sun is shining, and many of us are going on a long-awaited trip for vacation. Whether you are heading on a long vacation or a quick 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
- 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.
- Plan ahead for two-factor authentication. If you will be away from your usual Duo two-factor option, set up an option in advance to use when traveling. See Traveling with Duo.
During Your Trip
- Always use a secure Internet connection, and turn off optional network connections (WiFi, Bluetooth) when you are not using them.
- If you work with sensitive U-M data, follow these Instructions for Securing Your Devices and Data.
- 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.
Visit Travel Safely With Technology on the Safe Computing website for more information and links to helpful resources.