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.
Below are some steps you can take to ensure safety of your information when on a business trip abroad.
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.
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. 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.
And, you need to know the contact information for the US Embassy or Consulate. 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. Don’t let anyone connect to your devices and protect your passwords. Clean out your browsing history and temporary files after 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.
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. 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 .