It is quite alarming that during travel, you can experience identity theft. 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. You can easily gather information from online sources especially things concerning restrictions and things concerning security in the place.
It is important to ensure the safety of your documents and in case these get stolen, you will not have a difficult time replacing them if you make 2 extra copies of each of 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.
When it comes to your electronic devices, ensure that you backup all your data and update your antivirus software. 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. 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.
It is not safe to be going out alone at night with plenty of cash in your pockets. 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.
If you get arrested for anything, reach out to the US Embassy or consulate. 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. This company specializes in cases involving the use of force and police procedures.
When you get home, change the passwords of all your accounts. Check your system access history with your company’s security officers to see anything unusual. Any foreign communication after you arrive should be reported to the FBI.