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Stay Secure During Travel

Digital espionage is a growing concern and researchers are often the target. The goal isn't always the data you have on you at the time, but also what you may have access to when you return.

Regardless of your destination, traveling with a mobile device carries a risk to information stored on or accessible from laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones. Outside of the University network, risks to sensitive data continue from other areas besides physical loss. Therefore, it is important to:

  • Only travel with what you need
  • Always connect via the Northwestern University VPN for a secure connection
  • Back up your data and store it on a University server accessed through a secure VPN or a cloud service such as Box or GoogleDocs instead of a local drive
  • Remove unnecessary confidential information
  • Set secure passwords
  • Encrypt your device*
  • Install antivirus software*
  • Run all updates to systems and applications
  • Enable firewalls, screen locks, timeout functions, and enable remote lock

See the following tips for Staying Secure During Travel.

*If travelling abroad, learn more about McCormick’s Loaner Laptop program to minimize the amount of sensitive data that is carried or accessed abroad and to comply with the destination country’s laws that may prevent the use of certain security controls so that you can leave your primary laptop behind.