11) Dont Take Any Data With You
Take a laptop with a fresh operating system installed or a phone reset to factory defaults when traveling and download the data once at the destination. With the ability to back up mobile devices online and a plethora of cloud data storage options, this is increasingly becoming a reasonable option, assuming there is enough bandwidth.
22) Have Two Logins
33) Securely Wipe the Data
This might not be a practical step for business travelers at the beginning of the trip, but after the trip is complete, they can store necessary information online and securely wipe the laptop at the end of the trip. Just deleting or emptying the trash can is not enough to remove the data. Use a data destruction tool to thoroughly scrub the data from the device.
44) Make Regular Backups
55) Encrypt the Drive and Data on Device
Encrypting the information ensures the information stays confidential from unauthorized parties. The EFF advocates using full-disk encryption with strong cryptography on every device. Full-disk encryption with a strong passphrase ensures that border agents cannot access the data without your consent. However, a recent court decision ruled that people can be forced to hand over the passphrase to decrypt the contents, so perhaps it would be best to have the passphrase emailed separately.
66) Copy the Data Onto a Different Device
If network bandwidth is an issue, it might be easier to copy the contents of the drive onto an encrypted external hard drive and send it separately by express mail. “We recommend you don’t carry your backup across the border at the same time as the computer it’s backing up!” the EFF wrote. Mail the SD card for the digital camera while you are at it.
77) Remove the Hard Drive Before the Trip
Travelers can remove the hard drive containing data before the trip, and run an operating system that can be bootable over a CD or USB during the trip and store all data on the SD card or on other USB devices. Again, encryption is critical. This way, only the data you need during the trip is on you when crossing the border.
88) Power Down the Machine
99) Get a Temporary Phone for Travel
1010) Secure Mobile Devices
Recent releases of Android tablets have encryption options and there are add-on tools that can secure Android devices. WhisperCore from Whisper Systems is currently unavailable due to the recent Twitter acquisition. But TextSecure, which secures text messages sent from the device, is available as open source. BlackBerry devices also have options for secure wipes and remote locks that the IT administrator can enable.