Securing Your Business Travel Abroad
Identity theft has been going on in recent years and it is indeed surprising to know that much of this thievery happens when one goes overseas on a business trip. The thing with identity thieves is that they are not just after your personal information, they are also after important business information which can include data of your employees and your customers. The good thing is that American businessmen are now alerted on this fact so many are already concerned about traveling abroad.
When you are going abroad on a business trip, there are some safety measure that you need to take for your own personal safety and the safety of the information you are bringing with you.
The first thing to do is to know more about the place where you are going especially their local laws. You can check that out online to find if there are restrictions In the place and also check out security news.
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. Credit cards, passports, tickets, and other form of identification should be included and reproduced.
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. Give your family alternative means of contacting you aside from your cell phone.
Making backup of your data in all your electronic devices and updating your antivirus software is one good way of ensuring their safety. If you plan to check important business documents don’t use public wifi but bring your own portable one. It is important not to let anyone connect to your devices and ensure that your passwords are protected. Delete your browsing history and temporary files after every use. If you have the unfortunate experience of having your devices stolen during your stay, it is important to report this incident to the US Embassy or Consulate.
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.
If you want to know if there is criminal activity happening with your information, check your bank accounts daily.
If you get arrested for anything, reach out to 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 specialize is investigating police procedures and use of force by police officers.
It is important to change your passwords when you get home. Let your company’s security officer then check your system access history for anything odd. Any foreign communication after you arrive should be reported to the FBI.