CLASSE recommendations for the traveler with a computer
Do not take your primary laptop computer with you.
Especially when you travel internationally, request a loaner from the CLASSE computer group. Allow at least a week for laptop setup if there are any special requirements. These loaners are wiped and software reinstalled whenever they return from traveling.
Consider getting an inexpensive "burner" phone. Unfortunately, CLASSE cannot provide a phone.
The traveling laptop must contain only the minimum of essential software and data files. It must not contain any sensitive or confidential data and its contents must not be encrypted.
Use CLASSE Samba or Box to store all of the files you will be needing at your destination
If you can, use the CLASSE VPN to access Samba. Unfortunately, some countries, like Russia, forbid the use of some VPNs. SSH, SFTP or WinSCP might be alternatives.
Sometimes access to Web services is blocked, including access to CLASSE and Box. If that happens, email CLASSE IT (firstname.lastname@example.org) requesting necessary files be sent to you using email.
When you return
Change any passwords you used while traveling
Have your electronic devices scanned for malware and other signs of intrusion
Some reasons for these recommendations
Laptops and smartphones sometimes are confiscated by customs or TSA agents.
Many countries forbid any file encryption.
Laptops and smartphones sometimes are stolen or lost in airports and other public areas.
Public networks, including those in airports, cybercafes, conferences and hotels, often have been compromised, resulting in malware infections or stolen personal information, including credit card and banking data.
Pre-register with CLASSE and Cornell any travel outside the U.S.
In order to protect you while you travel abroad, and to help Cornell manage its non-U.S. compliance obligations, effective as of September 28, 2015, all staff, students, and faculty are required to pre-register any travel outside the U.S. in the International Travel Registry. Contact the CLASSE business office for more information.