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Mobile Device Security

By Khalid Diriye

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Variety of people will be choosing different ways to go about being precaution about protecting data during a traveling. But the question you should ask yourself is if bringing your personal devices with you on business or vacation worth the risk?

Majority of travelers do not have a 'Travel-only device' a device that if lost wouldn't have any personal information on it at all or encrypt passwords or important files. Information Security Group’s (ISG) the leading technology insights, market intelligence and advisory services company has put together a top ten list of security measures you can use when traveling outside of the U.S.

Ten Travel Tips for your mobile device, especially for those traveling outside of the U.S.

1.      Contact your wireless provider several weeks before you travel to discuss and activate the most cost-effective plan to fit your needs.

2.      For phones, familiarize yourself with international roaming and data charges. It’s recommended that turning off or setting a limit on cellular data usage for your smartphone to prevent incurring significant fees.

3.      Consider using Google+ Hangouts to bypass the phone. See About Hangouts site for help on getting started.

4.      When traveling with a laptop, remove all personal information from it or encrypt it. If possible, it’s recommended using a laptop specifically designated for travel with no personal information on it.

5.      Become aware of and comply with all export controls. For example, some countries ban or severely regulate the use of encryption, you should check country-specific information before traveling with an encrypted laptop.

6.      Set a strong password or passcode for your device. Here are some ideas on how to create a strong and memorable password.

7.      Make sure all operating system and anti-malware software is current. If you haven't installed an anti-malware client for your phone, do so.

8.      Install device finder software, such as Computrace (for laptops) or Lookout (for tablets and phones) to track and protect your device.

9.      Use VPN to connect to web. For more information, contact or call (507) 389-6654.

10.  Lastly, make sure you have some form of contact to your IT center.