Here are ISG's Ten Travel Tips for your mobile device, especially for those traveling outside of the U.S.
- Contact your wireless provider several weeks before you travel to discuss and activate the most cost-effective plan to fit your needs. For Brown devices, contact Telecommunications at 863-2007 or email@example.com. For non-Brown devices, users can contact their cellular provider directly.
- For phones, familiarize yourself with international roaming and data charges. We recommend turning off or setting a limit on cellular data usage for your smartphone to prevent incurring significant fees.
- Consider using Google+ Hangouts to bypass the phone. See the About Hangouts site for help on getting started.
- When traveling with a laptop, remove all PII from it or encrypt it. If possible, we recommend using a laptop specifically designated for travel with no personal information on it.
- Become aware of and comply with all export controls. For example, some countries ban or severely regulate the use of encryption, you should check country-specific information before traveling with an encrypted laptop. See the Symantec Endpoint Encryption FAQ on international traveling restrictions for details.
- Set a strong password or passcode for your device. Here are some ideas on how to create a strong and memorable password.
- Make sure all operating system and anti-malware software is current. If you haven't installed an anti-malware client for your phone, do so.
- Install device finder software, such as Computrace (for laptops) or Lookout (for tablets and phones).
- Use VPN to connect to Brown's network when away from it. CIS offeres both a web and client versions. If you haven't used VPN before, test it before leaving.
- Make sure you have contact information for your local IT support professional and the Help Desk before you leave (firstname.lastname@example.org, 863-4357).
Finally, ISG offers other travel tips on the At Home and Traveling page. Traveling With Your Laptop reinforces the above information and provides a few more details.