Travel tech security tips

Travel tech security tips

Summary: Whether you like holidaying with your gadgets or you're required to travel for work, there's going to come a time when you have to consider the safety of your gear, or the data it holds.


Oh no! It happened!

If, after all of your preparation, something is stolen, damaged, or lost, stay calm. Take an inventory of all the data you have potentially exposed. If credit card or bank details have been compromised, you should contact your bank immediately. If you can remotely wipe any of your missing devices, then hop online and press the red button — so to speak.

Once you've ensured that no financial or personal information can be accessed, contact the police immediately. You may assume that there's no chance of retrieving your belongings, but that's not always the case. Be sure to note exactly where you were, what was taken, and a description of anyone who you suspect was involved.

Even if you're unlikely to get anything back, making a police report is almost certainly going to be a requirement for insurance claims.

Last but not least, so long as you're sure that no one can access your data, steal your bank details, or cause you any further harm, it's better to accept your loss and move on. We get far too few holidays to ruin them over an iPod.

Topics: Travel Tech, Security

Irene Mickaiel

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Irene is product manager in Australia for CBS Interactive sites such as CNET Australia, GameSpot,, ZDNet and TechRepublic. Before Irene became hooked on IT media, she worked on illustrated reference, lifestyle and education books.

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  • Interesting Article...

    Not every single item applies to every single person, but it is a good reminder to be vigilant. I would also say that flying first class can help avoid many of these issues as well. You usually get a separate lounge to wait in and on many flights are in a completely different part of the cabin than others. The chances of a thief paying for a first class ticket is a lot less likely.

    The one item that I disagree with is "Regularly back up your memory cards to USB drives or DVDs, and mail a copy home."
    You should use an online photo service that will let you redownload full resolution images (SmugMug is a great one) and backup nightly to it (yes, using public WiFi if necessary). This avoids the possibility of the mail getting lost or stolen.
  • Backup to cloud or disc

    That's a fair point and a very good idea. Of course, I have been in many towns in poorer countries where finding a computer with Internet is one thing, but uploading even a single high-res image is unthinkable.

    Oh how I wish I could add flying first class to my preventative steps ha!