You can never be too careful, goes an old saying. Or, apparently, too paranoid.
Encrypting your hard drive? Not enough. Using multiple passwords? Not enough. Read this and get the paranoid juices really flowing when you step one foot beyond our borders.
How serious a problem is it? In July, Canada’s electronic spooks published two Web pages of advice to federal IT security managers to pass on to travelling bureaucrats, and a third aimed at the private sector.
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The pages for federal IT security managers list best practices, which can be boiled down to this: If you’re travelling to a high risk country — and it doesn’t define high risk, but presumably it means a country with an advanced intelligence agency or one where there’s risk of being kidnapped — take a temporary laptop or smart phone with a wiped memory and as little data on it as possible.
And what does Ottawa recommend for the private sector? Rule one is never let the device out of your sight. If you have to, take the battery and SIM card with you. Click here and find out