Stay safe while traveling



  1. Use the Duke Virtual Private Network (VPN).
    Once connected to the Internet, log in to Duke's VPN ( and select the INTL-DUKE context to secure your online access to files and Duke services.
  2. Protect your data.
    Electronic devices may be searched by local authorities, lost or stolen while traveling. Move Duke data stored on your device to a Duke server such as Duke personal home directories ( or use Duke’s free Box storage service ( to securely access your files while traveling.
  3. Encrypt your electronic devices.
    For Duke-owned laptops, contact your departmental IT support for assistance with whole disk encryption (WDE) for Windows and Mac machines. If your Duke-owned machine is self administered see the encryption guidance here. Refer to Duke’s IT Security Office guidelines to enable encryption on iOS and Android mobile devices here.  
  4. Keep your browser secure.
    Use an up-to-date version of your default web browser (Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari). Use Qualys’ BrowserCheck ( to confirm your browser, plug-ins and system are patched. To limit eavesdropping on your browsing sessions, download and install HTTPS Everywhere (
  5. Be wary of public kiosks or wireless networks.
    Whenever you access the Internet from an unsecured wireless network, you run the risk of eavesdropping or attempts to steal account or credit card information. Avoid using public kiosks or recharging stations whenever possible. Kiosks may automatically record your usernames and passwords. Also, keep your laptop and mobile devices with you at all times.
  6. Traveling to another institution?
    Enroll in Duke’s eduroam (education roaming) service to securely access the Internet using your Duke NetID and password when visiting other participating educational institutions
    ( Configure your computer for eduroam access while on the Duke campus, and be sure to test access before departing.
  7. Working with export-controlled data? Export-controlled data or software may never be taken out of the country on any device. Visit for more information.

For more on this topic see the SANS February 2017 OUCH! newsletter Staying Secure on the Road.