Keeping your data and devices safe

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  • Change all passwords before and after your trip
  • To prevent data disclosure in the event a laptop is lost or stolen, implement Full Disk Encryption (FDE)
  • Ensure that computer software is updated, including operating systems and programmes. The latest version of any programme or operating system contains security features usually not found in previous versions
  • Install a comprehensive security suite on laptops, smartphones and tablets that provides layered defence via anti-virus, anti phishing, safe browsing and firewall capabilities


  • Do not check-in business or personal electronic devices with your hold luggage at the airport. Keep all such devices with you as hand luggage
  • Devices with wireless connection capabilities, including tablets, laptops and smartphones, should have the Wi-Fi turned off as much as possible. Disconnect these systems from the Internet when not in use
  • Internet services at cafes, coffee shops, hotels, airports, or other local venues should not be considered safe for sensitive communications, online banking or web browsing
  • Take precautions on social networking sites. Carefully consider before posting information such as address GPS location, phone number, place of employment, and other sensitive information that can be targeted and exploited
  • Consider unsolicited emails containing attachments or links to be suspicious. If the identity of the sender cannot be confirmed, delete the email without opening
  • Use complex passwords for each account, and two-factor authentication when available for accessing email, bank accounts and social networking
  • Only download software and mobile device apps from trusted sources to reduce the risk of inadvertently installing malware
  • Consider purchasing a phone during travel that uses a local SIM card. This option may require a service plan with a cellular provider

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