Traveling with Technology
Many Gustavus students, faculty, and staff travel for classes, presentations, conferences, etc. Here are some helpful tips to make sure your travel experience is safe and secure in terms of technology.
- Take only the devices you will need. Reduce the risk.
- Require passwords on all devices. (tablet, phone, computer and anything else that can use a password)
- Update your alternate email address on your Gustavus account information page to enable self-resetting of your Gustavus password.
- Back up your computer before leaving. Leave a backup copy at home.
- Turn off unused services such as bluetooth or IR ports.
- Never leave electronics unattended for any amount of time.
- Run software updates before leaving.
- Make sure you have serial numbers of your devices written down on an online resource such as Google Drive. If lost you will always have the ability to inform authorities of your serial number of your device.
- Find out what wifi networks are safe. For example, find official airport documentation that provides the official airport Wifi SSID (network name). Not all free wifi networks are safe.
- Turn on location services such as Find my iPhone or use Android Device Manager.
- Be careful about plugging in your device into a power station or random computers' USB ports. It is best to use your own charger or use a portable power bank.
- Test any communications methods before leaving such as Skype, FaceTime, or any type of VOIP applications.
- If you forget your Gustavus e-mail password while abroad, visit the GTS Tools Page to reset your password.
- Gustavus requires all users to change their passwords yearly. Please be aware you may be emailed by Gustavus to change your password during your travels. You may email the Helpline to extend your password expiration.