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How to Keep Personal Info and Other Classified Data Secure while Traveling

This article is a continuation of our previous post in January entitled How to Keep Data Safe when Travelling. However, in addition to sharing few more ways on how to secure confidential information while on a trip, we will also talk about Traveler’s Privacy. What is Traveler’s Privacy and how important is it to common individuals and businessmen alike? Find out!

First, watch this video by James Grande. We’ve all seen someone like this nosy passenger.

 

6 More Ways on How to Keep Classified Data Secure while Traveling

 

#1 Make use of encryption.

  • “If you carry your laptop, rely on disk encryption to protect electronic files. Before you travel, you or your company’s information technology expert can install disk encryption software on your devices,” according to nytimes.com. Additionally, the Federal Trade Commission says that websites showing ‘https://’ at the beginning of their address means their site is encrypted.

Pic1#2 Install a Virtual Private Network (VPN) on your device.

  • Here’s a definition of VPN according to Wikipedia:

“A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network, such as the internet. It enables a computer or network-enabled device to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if it were directly connected to the private network, while benefiting from the functionality, security and management policies of the private network.”

#3 Use a memory stick.

  • Unless it is critical to do so, confidential information about yourself and/or your business should not be ‘taken’ from one place to another. Otherwise, if there is really a need, then make use of a memory stick rather than storing the information into your laptop’s hard drive.

#4 Protect your electronic devices by wearing a vest that can block radio-frequency identification (RFID).

  • Take time to read this article and learn what this vest is all about.

#5 If possible, use a dedicated email account while traveling. It is also recommended to use another email account when at home.

 

Pic2#6 Avoid online banking while on the road.

 

What is Traveler’s Privacy?

Remember that safeguarding personal information is easier said than done when traveling given the number of people you will come across every hour (take for example the video above). Securing your privacy as a traveler means that personal information such as full name, home and office address, contact number, email address, credit card number and credit history, driver’s license number, and social security number, among others, are not disclosed to other people especially those with malicious intent.

Opting for a Reliable Service Provider

For sure, there are people who would find the first five tips on the previous article and the six things above too laborious to accomplish. If you realize how important it is to protect yourself from identity theft and/or data breach but want to get the entire process done fast and efficiently by another party, then better hire a privacy protection service provider. A provider of this kind will secure your information from unauthorized users; thus, protecting yourself and saving your life!

-Happy Globetrotting!