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International Travel Cybersecurity Tips

Staying safe while using your electronic devices is always of utmost importance, but anyone traveling internationally should be on a heightened alert, and make sure to take all necessary steps to keep their devices and data safe. Here are some of the top precautionary measures you can take to lower your risk of being a target while traveling:

Virus Protection

Many of the infected devices the Help Desk see come from people who have been out of the country. One of the easiest ways to ensure your protected is by installing virus protection on your device. Computer viruses come in many different forms, but having an antivirus program installed will keep your computer running at its best, and give you a better chance at keeping your personal information safe.

Adelphi provides all resident students with a copy of the Symantec Antivirus Client, available through your RA, RHD or at the Help Desk in Swirbul Library.

Updates and Patches

Downloading and installing patches and updates released for your operating systems is another way to defend against cyber threats. Many updates don’t have flashy features, but they could potentially fix important security flaws. Keeping up to date is an important step to prevent cybercrime, and it is highly recommended to make sure everything is updated before beginning your travels.  

Data Backup

If you fall victim to a cyber attack, you could lose access to all your important files and data that you have saved on your computer. Having a data backup will save you a headache if this situation arises. We recommend that before going on a trip, that you back up your files in multiple locations.

Back up all your data to the cloud (Adelphi students, faculty and staff have access to unlimited Google Drive storage space), USBs, external hard drives, etc. A best practice would be getting into the habit of always saving your data in multiple places, regardless of the situation.

Connecting to WiFi

With so many devices utilizing WiFI, you may be inclined to connect your device to any available connection. Connecting to public WiFi always comes with high risks, but can be even more dangerous while traveling, especially in a “touristy” area. It is highly likely that in these areas there may be public WiFi purposefully set up to lure people in and is most certainly a “trap”. 

Remember that you have access to wireless internet through eduroam while traveling to other member institutions domestically or internationally.

Non-technical Tips

Not all best practices directly deal with information stored on your devices or how you use them. There are many non-technical steps you can take to lower your risk while traveling.

  • Keep your eyes on your electronics. Loss or physical theft is a big concern.
  • Using a privacy screen on the laptop to reduce the risk of people reading sensitive data from your screen.
  • Limit how much sensitive information is stored on your laptop.

Keeping up with cybersecurity best practices is crucial. Don’t let a lost phone or a virus on your computer ruin your experience while traveling. 


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