Whether you are traveling around the U.S. or abroad for spring break, there are some tech tips you can apply to your mobile devices to ensure you have a safe and stress-free trip.

Before heading out, back up any local files stored on your devices, and password-protect or remove files that contain personal information. For laptops, check that your antivirus software is installed and up-to-date and that your computer requires a password to log in.

Once you’re on your trip, be mindful of the websites you are accessing while using “free” wireless networks. If you need to access important data, consider using the UChicago VPN or secure cloud services like UChicago Box or Google Drive.

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