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Traveling with Lab equipment


This page describes cyber security recommendations for traveling with Lab equipment. This advice focuses on laptops, but the recommendations apply broadly.

Note: You do not need to notify cyber security if you are traveling with Lab equipment.

General Recommendations

  • The biggest risk in traveling to any country is the theft of your device for the value of its hardware.
  • Backup the laptop or device before you leave. In the event the device is stolen, broken, or lost by the airline you will be glad you have a backup.
  • Ensure you have Antivirus software installed and all applications are up-to-date. Any time you travel there is a chance you will connect to a hostile network. Consider having your location IT support person assist with this.
  • Do not leave equipment unattended, especially in a public location such as a coffee shop or in plain view in an unattended vehicle.

Travel to China

If you are traveling to China, you may want to install the Lab VPN client on the laptop. We have heard many stories of the China firewall preventing access to Google and thus the Lab email and calendar system.


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