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Best Practices For Securing Your Devices While Traveling

September 9, 2016

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The Global Business Travel Association estimates that in 2016 more than $1.3 million business trips will be taken in the US. On these business trips many employees are using company distributed cell phones, lap tops, smart devices and more. The risk of cyber attacks in normal situations at any company is high, when employees are traveling all over the world that risk increases exponentially. Are you sure that all of your employees (or yourself for that matter) are trained on how to handle company devices when operating in the field? If not, please refer to our guidelines below.


Prepping for Travel

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Before you leave for a trip, make sure to take the following steps for all devices you will be bringing with you.


  1. Encrypt your device or sensitive files by adding a password
  2. Ensure software and firmware are up to date
  3. Ensure antivirus definitions are up to date
  4. If necessary, change passwords to stronger ones
  5. Have your IT team set up a VPN on your mobile devices
  6. Setup your devices to always ask permission to connect to any Wi-Fi access point, allowing them to connect without asking is a recipe for disaster.
  7. Download any media or files that you need to access while on the airplane and avoid using the airline/airport Wi-Fi
  8. Research international destinations with regard to threat to intellectual property or level of corruption


During Travel

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This is when travelers are the most vulnerable. Everything is new, unfamiliar and exciting; all factors that lead to employees dropping their guard. Make sure that when you or your employees are traveling they follow the guidelines below.


  1. Keep your devices with you at all times
  2. Only charge your devices at an electrical outlet, not a public USB charging station
  3. Exclusively use a VPN when accessing public Wi-Fi
  4. Disable bluetooth completely or at least disable new pairings to all your devices
  5. Put your phone or tablet in airplane mode when flying
  6. Avoid using any shared public computer, in a business lounge or elsewhere
  7. Never leave your devices in your room


Coming Home

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Even the most vigilant traveler can sometimes fall prey to a cyber attack. When you are returning from a trip make sure to attend to the following.  


  1. Reboot your iOS device without entering the PIN to disable touch ID on iOS
  2. Have your IT team check your device for any evidence of malware



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