Securing Portable Electronic Devices During Travel

Original release date: November 22, 2019

Holiday travelers often use portable electronic devices (PEDs) because they offer a range of conveniences, for example, enabling the traveler to order gifts on-the-go, access to online banking, or download boarding passes. However, these devices are vulnerable to cyberattack or theft, resulting in exposure of personal information.

With the holiday season approaching, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reminds users to be mindful of the security risks associated with traveling with PEDs. CISA encourages travelers to take the following steps to protect their personal information:

  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks to conduct personal business. Open Wi-Fi networks at places such as airports present an opportunity for attackers to intercept sensitive information.
  • Turn off Bluetooth when not in use. Cyber criminals have the capability to pair with your device's open Bluetooth connection and steal personal information.
  • Be cautious when charging. Avoid connecting your device to any computer or charging station that you do not control, such as a charging station at an airport terminal.
  • Remember physical security. Do not leave your device unattended in public or easily accessible areas.

Check out CISA’s Tips on Holiday Traveling with Personal Internet-Enabled Devices and Cybersecurity for Electronic Devices for more information and tips.


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