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Safety Guidelines for Traveling Abroad

Please keep the following tips in mind when traveling out of the country. These tips are also good for general travel.

General Recommendations:

  • Carry as few electronic devices as possible, with as little data on them as possible.
  • If you must take a Reed computer, talk to CUS about borrowing loaner equipment to limit the amount of data you take.
  • Assume anything you do over the Internet will be intercepted (even if the link is encrypted).
  • Avoid using computers in cyber cafes or hotel business centers.
  • Change your Reed password (and any other password you intend to use abroad) before leaving. Then change those passwords again when you return.
  • Carry a backup two-step authentication device, such as a hardware token.
  • Check for current warnings or advisories for the specific area you will be traveling.
  • When traveling to certain countries (China, Russia, and others), it is advisable to not use VPN software. Doing so may not actually secure your connection, and may instead draw unwanted attention.

Additional Resources

If you have questions or concerns, contact CUS at x7525 or

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