How to Keep Yourself and Your Information Safe on Your Business Travels Abroad
It is such a surprising fact that identity theft or most identity thefts happen during travel. And these criminals don’t just steal your personal information, but they target critical business information such as data of your employees and customers as well. Today, most American businessmen are already alerted about this danger and are more vigilant when they travel abroad.
If you are going on a business trip abroad, you need to take steps to ensure your safety and that of all the vital information you are bringing with you on your trip.
Check out the local laws of your destination. The best place to do your research is through online sources since you can get a lot of information about the place, the restrictions, and the security issues that they have there.
Making 2 extra copies of every document that you will be bringing will make it easier for your to have them replaced in case they get stolen. Your should do this for every important document or identification that you are bringing and this should include your credit cards, ticket, passports, and any other identification forms.
Make sure that you know how to contact the US Embassy or Consulate in the place your are going in case of any emergency situations. It is best if your family has other means of contacting you just in case anything happens.
Making backup of your data in all your electronic devices and updating your antivirus software is one good way of ensuring their safety. It is not really safe to check important business documents using the public wifi so make sure that you have your own portable one so that you can have your own hotspot. Don’t let anyone connect to your devices and protect your passwords. Delete your browsing history and temporary files after every use. You should immediately report to the US Embassy or Consulate if any of your devices gets stolen.
During your stay, keep yourself safe by not going out alone at night and don’t bring too much money along with you. Your family should know what is going on and your whereabouts, and if you plan to share on social media, delay it for some time so you don’t reveal your exact location at the moment.
It is a good think to daily check your bank accounts to catch any criminal activity quickly.
In the event of getting arrested for something, the best thing you can do is to contact the US Embassy or Consulate. If you think that you are wrongfully arrested by a police officer when travelling domestically, you can seek help from T. T. Williams, Jr., Investigations, Inc., Wrongful Convictions. They can investigate the police procedures or the use of force in your case.
The first thing to do upon arrive home is to change all your passwords. Let your company’s security officer then check your system access history for anything odd. And report to the FBI, any calls, texts, or emails from foreigners after your return.