There are always a lot of things to remember when it comes to business travel. You need to remember to check into your flight, remember the conference schedule, find lodging, and get your IT gadgets ready for travel.
Only bring the necessities
Reduce the amount of information you store on devices before you depart. It is important to remove personal information from your smartphone or notebook computer such as logins and passwords as well as credit card information, social security number, etc.
Be sure software is up to date
Confirm your computer is fully patched and your antivirus software is current. Also be sure to confirm that your smartphone and tablet have the latest operating system release available installed.
Protect data on your notebook computer
Encrypt the data on your mobile computer so it cannot be accessed in case it is lost or stolen during the trip. A survey commissioned by Dell estimates that business travelers lose 12,000 notebook computers in U.S. airports every week.
Secure your electronics
Be sure to use a strong password on your notebook computer to reduce unauthorized activity. Also be sure to have screen locking activated on your smartphone and tablet as well.
Only use trusted Wi-Fi networks
Try to only use wireless networks that require a password to join. Open wireless networks can allow other users to capture your data as you surf the Internet. The safest option is to invest in a cellular data device or utilize the hotspot on your smartphone or tablet.
Use a VPN
If your forced to use free Wi-Fi be sure to utilize a VPN. Contact your computer support person to ask them to setup a VPN for you before you depart on your trip.
Keep your device with you
Always try to keep your notebook computer, smartphone, and tablet with you at all times. This means not leaving your devices in the rental car or hotel room. A good comfortable bag will make it easier to always keep your devices by your side.
Between TSA security checkpoints and overbooked, cramped airliners travel can be a pain. Keep your data and devices safe to keep it from being a crisis.