Cybersecurity Travel Tips and Suggestions

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Protect your identity, secure your data, and stay cyber-safe while traveling abroad by following the guidelines.

Use UMD VPN (GlobalProtect "TunnelAll" Gateway) at all times

A virtual private network (VPN) provides a secure connection directly to the resources you are trying to access. Similar to a tunnel, it protects your communications from outside threats found across the Internet.

The University of Maryland (UMD) provides you a free VPN client to use. Download it today on TERPware: GlobalProtect VPN Client

Normal connections to the app don't route all your internet traffic through the VPN. This isn't an issue with normal usage, but extra care should be used while traveling abroad. Use the special "TunnelAll" gateway within GlobalProtect to make sure ALL your traffic is protected while abroad.


Avoid storing data locally when the data is not in use

Store data at rest on a cloud service--not on your computer. Consider using UMD Box, a secure cloud storage service available to UMD.

In countries where security is of greater concern, you can delete all history files, caches, cookies, and temporary internet files from your browser. Consider using private or incognito mode when accessing the Internet.


Keep your devices secured in a safe place when not in use

Carry devices on your person (in interior jacket pockets or other hard-to-reach places) or in your carry-on luggage rather than packing them in your checked bags. Never walk away from devices for any length of time while in a public place, even if someone offers to watch them.


Avoid connecting to public Wi-Fi

Don't connect to public Wi-Fi. Criminals and foreign intelligence agencies may use these networks to spy on users' activities and steal login credentials and other types of personal information.


Avoid processing sensitive information (financial, personal, etc.)

If possible, do not access banking or other financial websites. Try not to access other sites containing personal information you would want to remain private.

For a guide to cybersecurity abroad, download the Cyber-Safety for Travelers.pdf link from the Attachments section below. 


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Want to learn more? Visit the Mobile and Data Security While Traveling Abroad page.