A few faculty and friends outside academia have shared with me unfortunate experiences involving the TSA stealing their electronic devices. Just this past week-end I forwarded to a few folks a YouTube video on how to prevent this from happening. However, you and your staff may more effective suggestions for ensuring the security of electronic devices in carry-ons, as well as checked-in baggage.
This video explains the issue our subscriber is describing.
- Don’t pack anything valuable in your checked in luggage. If you bring electronic devices, pack them in your carry-ons and double-check your bag after you go through screening.
- Put a passcode on each device.
- Back up all your electronic devices including cell phones before you travel. Consider backing up to the cloud.
- Make sure your antivirus, security patches, and firewall are enabled and up to date before you leave.
- For iDevices – setup iCloud and Find My iPhone; Android – activate Device Manager.
- Consider all free Wi-Fi to be unsecure.
Adapted from http://elliott.org/the-travel-critic/tips-to-ensure-the-tsa-doesnt-swipe-your-stuff/. Additional resources available on YouTube.