Securing Your Business Travel 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. You can easily gather information from online sources especially things concerning restrictions and things concerning security in the place.
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.
And, you need to know the contact information for the US Embassy or Consulate. 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. If any of your devices gets stolen overseas, inform the US Embassy or Consulate immediately.
It is not safe to be going out alone at night with plenty of cash in your pockets. Inform your family on your whereabouts and do not be too eager to post in social media so that your present location will not be revealed; it is wiser to delay your posting for a day or two.
It is a good think to daily check your bank accounts to catch any criminal activity quickly.
Contact the US Embassy or Consulate if you get arrested for anything. 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.
When you get home, change the passwords of all your accounts. Check your system access history with your company’s security officers to see anything unusual. And report to the FBI, any calls, texts, or emails from foreigners after your return.