Secure Computing

Traveling securely

Tech tips to help make travel safe & secure

Air travel.

Do these Before your Travel - Best Practices

With wireless networking on laptops and smartphones, and with public or commercial wireless ("Wi-Fi") network services in most airports and hotels, connecting to your Yale email and resources has never been easier. However, public wireless networks are major targets for identity thieves and other computer criminals. Before you travel, work with your local support provider to be sure your laptop and/or smartphone is set up for secure connections to Yale.

A few basic precautions can assure that you won't become a target for cybercriminals or locked out of your accounts/devices while you travel:

  1. Prior to traveling determine whether your computer contains any 3-lock data. If this data is not necessary for your trip, copy it onto one of Yale's secure centralized file storage services approved for 3-lock data, and then remove the data from your computer.
  2. ITS strongly recommends using the Yale VPN client when accessing any Yale resource while traveling to securely access a remote network. VPNs may be blocked in certain countries (such as China), so make sure you have other means of connecting.
  3. Register secondary or alternate phone for multi-factor authentication (MFA). This can be a landline including an international number of the place you are traveling. For more information: https://guide.duo.com/add-device.

Don’t forget these basics of protection:

International Phone Plans

When overseas, using your phone or wifi device without considering the additional charges can be a costly mistake.  For this reason, you may want to consider purchasing an international plan. Learn more...

Best Practices While You are Away

To connect to your email via the Web:

Yale websites that provide access to email all use SSL/TLS security and encryption to provide a fairly secure and private connection to your Yale email.

Don't Use Public Computers or Untrusted Devices

Please keep in mind that public computers could still contain software that monitors what you type.

Wi-Fi - Eduroam - Free Access At Colleges and University Campuses

Use your Yale NetID and password to connect to WiFi networks at many college and university campuses around the world. Eduroam (educational roaming) is a world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community and allows secure access to the internet using your home university credentials.  Learn more

Protect Your Equipment - Consider renting a Laptop

Equipment, such as laptops, can be rented out through Bass media. Laptops can circulated for up to two weeks. Anything longer than two weeks would need to be approved beforehand.
The website is: https://reservations.yale.edu/bmec/catalog and the link to the extended check out is: https://reservations.yale.edu/bmec/terms_of_service

When You Get Back

  • Change your password
  • Reformat your computer or return your loaner

More Information

Many other travel resources are also available on the Yale and the World website.