China is a nation that poses a grave risk to your data if you decided to visit this country. These attacks commonly target smartphones, laptops, iPads and any other portable handheld device that stores valuable personal data. To complicate matters further, US law enforcement officials frequently issue warnings regarding China’s espionage efforts, targeted at businesses and universities.
Safeguarding confidential data is one of the fundamental issues while traveling to China. Here we are revealing the best ways to keep your digital data safe when traveling to China.
1. Leave your data and/or device at home–
The best way to safeguard your data or device is to not bring them on the trip. If you don’t need to access data stored on your computer, leave your computer in a secure location at home and bring along a loaner computer instead. In case you are compelled to take your device with you, use encrypted laptops but be prepared to decrypt at border crossings.
2. Use a VPN while on the Internet-
A VPN (virtual private network), which creates an encrypted tunnel for your Internet traffic so it can’t be read or tampered with by interlopers. The reason a VPN is so useful in China is because a VPN allows you to circumvent both China’s censorship as well as the geo-blocking of certain services. You will be able to access blocked content, communicate with loved ones in other countries, and protect your Internet traffic from snoopers and government surveillance.
3. Clear out all your browsing history–
Clear your browser history and delete cookies from your web browsers that may still be signed into email, social media sites, etc. Often people forget to carry out this simple security step. Take back up of all your files and keep your software as well as your operating system up to date.
4. Avoid doing this simple these while using WiFi in China–
- Stay away from logging into company server
- Do not log in your personal mail
- Don’t even think of buying anything online with your credit or debit card while you are on a WiFi in China
- Don’t go to any website where a username/password login is required
In the modern business arena, protecting sensitive digital asset is especially critical. With the rapid decline in the US-China relationship, it is better to take all the precautions regarding your data before visiting China.