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. This has made American businessmen more careful and vigilant when they go on a business trip to a foreign country.
Below are some steps you can take to ensure safety of your information when on a business trip abroad.
Knowledge of the local laws where you are going is one way to keep safe on your travel there. 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.
It is important to ensure the safety of your documents and in case these get stolen, you will not have a difficult time replacing them if you make 2 extra copies of each of them. These important documents can include your credit cards, passport, tickets, and any form of identification.
Remember to check out the contact information of the US Embassy or Consulate in the country for any emergencies. Ensure that you family has other ways of contacting you in case of emergency.
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. Your devices should be kept away from strangers and make sure your passwords are protected. You should also make sure that your browsing history and temporary files are deleted 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.
If you get arrested for anything, reach out to the US Embassy or consulate. Contact T. T. Williams, Jr., Investigations, Inc. Wrongful Convictions if you have issues with police officers when travelling domestically. They can investigate the police procedures or the use of force in your case.
It is important to change your passwords when you get home. Then check your system access history with your company’s security officer. Calls, texts, emails from foreigners after your return should be reported to the FBI .