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When you travel, your computer and internet habits can put your privacy and data security at risk. This site provides steps that you should take before you travel, whether you travel in the US (Domestic) or outside the US (International).

The chance that your system will be compromised while traveling is small, but the impact of a compromised system can be significant especially if you reconnected to the Weber State University network.

Minimum Travel Checklist


  • Encrypt your data
  • Keep your operating system and software up-to-date

While Traveling

Upon Return

  • Scan for malware before reconnecting to WSU's network.
  • Change your password

Recommended Best Practice for Secure Travel

Before Traveling

1. Remove any information you do not need on your device for the trip.

If your laptop is lost or stolen the potential for exposing your data while the laptop is not in your control is a high risk. By removing data that is not needed for the trip you minimize that exposure.

2. Update your operating system, data protection software, and other applications.

By updating all your applications and operating system, you are reducing the risk of potential vulnerabilities being introduced to your system.

3. Image the device or backup your data.

If your system gets compromised you will have a good backup to recover all your data. Plus your image file will have a record of what data may have been exposed. This is vital when reporting a compromised system.

4. Encrypt all your information using BitLocker to secure your device.

Not only is encrypting a WSU requirement, but you help restrict access to data. Encryption is vital when traveling.

While Traveling

1. Use WSU's Virtual Private Network to access company resources.

Also a WSU requirement, but you also ensure that the applications you are connecting to are also encrypted when you use VPN.

Upon Return

1. Scan for malware

When you scan for malware, you will know whether or not your system was compromised. Especially if it is a keylogger.

2. Identify and extract information collected on trip

By removing data from your trip you are making sure you don't have malware in the system.

3. Wipe the computer clean, reinstall the OS, applications and data.

By installing a clean version of the OS you are preventing any malware from infecting the WSU network. This step should be performed even if no malware is detected because your system could be compromised in other ways.

4. Change your password.

You never know if your account has been stolen, and the only way to ensure you are safe is to change your password. You should always change your password upon returning from travel.