Keep your devices safe while traveling

Wherever you roam, C&IT hopes you travel safe and have a great time. The Research & Education Networks Information Sharing & Analysis Center has some tips to keep your information secure at home and abroad:

Physical security

  • Be aware of your surroundings and only carry the items you need.
  • Keep your devices out-of-sight when you aren't using them.
  • Purchase privacy screen protectors to prevent people peeking over your shoulder. 
  • Use a RFID blocking wallet to protect credit and debit cards, enhanced IDs, keycards and similar items.

Device security

  • Use a VPN to secure your connection: Learn to set up Wayne State's VPN, at Be aware that some countries may block a VPN connection.
  • Back up your important data before traveling: Devices may be lost, stolen or damaged during travel. If possible, take a second device that only contains data you need while you're traveling. 
  • Use the private browsing mode in your web browser: To get started, here are the steps for Google ChromeMozilla Firefox, and Safari.
  • Enable two-factor authentication: Visit to see which sites support two-factor authentication and how to set them up. Wayne State employees are required to use Duo Two-Factor Authentication to access some university resources. 

If you have any questions about traveling with a university-owned device or using university data overseas, contact your local tech support for further guidance. For more cybersecurity tips while traveling, visit

For support with this or any other Wayne State system or service, please contact the C&IT Help Desk at 313-577-4357 or Find FAQ at and follow us on Twitter @WayneStateCIT for instant updates.

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