It is such a surprising fact that identity theft or most identity thefts happen during travel. 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. This has made American businessmen more careful and vigilant when they go on a business trip to a foreign country.
If you are going on a business trip abroad, you need to take steps to ensure your safety and that of all the vital information you are bringing with you on your trip.
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.
Making 2 extra copies of every document that you will be bringing will make it easier for your to have them replaced in case they get stolen. 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.
Make sure that you know how to contact the US Embassy or Consulate in the place your are going in case of any emergency situations. 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. If you plan to check important business documents don’t use public wifi but bring your own portable one. It is important not to let anyone connect to your devices and ensure that your passwords are protected. Delete your browsing history and temporary files after every use. If any of your devices gets stolen overseas, inform the US Embassy or Consulate immediately.
Keep yourself from bringing too much cash if you are going out at night and make sure you are not alone. 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.
In the event of getting arrested for something, the best thing you can do is to contact the US Embassy or Consulate. If travelling domestically and you are arrested by a police officer wrongfully, contact T.T. Williams, Jr., Investigations, Inc. Wrongful Convictions. This company specializes in cases involving the use of force and police procedures.
The first thing to do upon arrive home is to change all your passwords. Then check your system access history with your company’s security officer. And report to the FBI, any calls, texts, or emails from foreigners after your return.