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Before Going Abroad: Tips for UF’s Research Community

GRAPHIC: World map with a laptop that says "TRAVEL SAFELY"

Traveling outside of the United States can put your research data–along with your identity and reputation–at risk. Whether you’re conducting a study, lecturing, or simply vacationing abroad, UF’s Information Security Office (ISO) wants you to understand the dangers of data targeting and identity theft.

Some tips to consider:
If possible, bring a temporary laptop that has only the files you’ll use/need while abroad
Verify your mobile device’s encryption
Be sure your laptop’s antivirus software is up-to-date before you travel
Disable automatic connections to open WiFi networks
Use UF’s VPN to connect to any service where Gatorlink authentication is required

Also, to protect your data and personal information, only get online via secure WiFi networks. Recent issues to be aware of include China’s blocking of UF’s VPN. More tips are available on the ISO’s traveling abroad page.

Faculty should contact the Office of Research to ensure they are not traveling with hardware or software subject to export controls. Anyone who needs help configuring VPN or changing their laptop settings are welcome to contact the UF Computing Help Desk for assistance.