Securing Your Business Travel Abroad
Identity theft has been going on in recent years and it is indeed surprising to know that much of this thievery happens when one goes overseas on a business trip. 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. Today, most American businessmen are already alerted about this danger and are more vigilant when they travel 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.
Knowledge of the local laws where you are going is one way to keep safe on your travel there. You can check that out online to find if there are restrictions In the place and also check out security news.
For every document that you are bringing, ensure that you have made 2 extra copies so that if anything gets stolen, it would be easier for your to replace 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. Bringing a portable wifi will ensure safety when you are trying to access important business documents online instead of using a public wifi. Don’t let anyone connect to your devices and protect your passwords. Clean out your browsing history and temporary files after use. If any of your devices gets stolen overseas, inform the US Embassy or Consulate immediately.
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.
The first thing to do upon arrive home is to change all your passwords. Check your system access history with your company’s security officers to see anything unusual. Calls, texts, emails from foreigners after your return should be reported to the FBI .