Safety Tips for Traveling Overseas for Business
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. The good thing is that American businessmen are now alerted on this fact so many are already concerned about traveling abroad.
If you are going on a business trip abroad, you need to take steps to ensure your safety and that of all the vital information you are bringing with you on your trip.
The first thing to do is to know more about the place where you are going especially their local laws. 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.
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. Your should do this for every important document or identification that you are bringing and this should include your credit cards, ticket, passports, and any other identification forms.
Remember to check out the contact information of the US Embassy or Consulate in the country for any emergencies. 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. It is not really safe to check important business documents using the public wifi so make sure that you have your own portable one so that you can have your own hotspot. Your devices should be kept away from strangers and make sure 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.
Keep yourself from bringing too much cash if you are going out at night and make sure you are not alone. 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.
In the event of getting arrested for something, the best thing you can do is to contact 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.
The first thing to do upon arrive home is to change all your passwords. Let your company’s security officer then check your system access history for anything odd. Calls, texts, emails from foreigners after your return should be reported to the FBI .