Identity theft has been going on in recent years and it is indeed surprising to know that much of this thievery happens when one goes overseas on a business trip. The thing with identity thieves is that they are not just after your personal information, they are also after important business information which can include data of your employees and your customers. The good thing is that American businessmen are now alerted on this fact so many are already concerned about traveling abroad.
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 check that out online to find if there are restrictions In the place and also check out security news.
For every document that you are bringing, ensure that you have made 2 extra copies so that if anything gets stolen, it would be easier for your to replace them. Credit cards, passports, tickets, and other form of identification should be included and reproduced.
And, you need to know the contact information for the US Embassy or Consulate. It is best if your family has other means of contacting you just in case anything happens.
For security sake, it is important to backup all data in your electronic devices and update your antivirus software. It is not really safe to check important business documents using the public wifi so make sure that you have your own portable one so that you can have your own hotspot. Your devices should be kept away from strangers and make sure your passwords are protected. You should also make sure that your browsing history and temporary files are deleted after every use. If you have the unfortunate experience of having your devices stolen during your stay, it is important to report this incident to the US Embassy or Consulate.
It is not safe to be going out alone at night with plenty of cash in your pockets. 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.
If you want to know if there is criminal activity happening with your information, check your bank accounts daily.
If you get arrested for anything, reach out to the US Embassy or consulate. Contact T. T. Williams, Jr., Investigations, Inc. Wrongful Convictions if you have issues with police officers when travelling domestically. They specialize is investigating police procedures and use of force by police officers.
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.