Business Travel Tip – Avoid Having Your Laptop Confiscated by Customs |

Since several years, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been exercising their authority to search laptops, iPhones, BlackBerry phones or any other electronic device at national borders. They can examine your electronic devices, copy whatever data they find, even confiscate it for hours or for weeks, without giving any reason.

British customs agents search laptops for pornography.

Canada Border Services Agency officers have also been reported to hold random laptop checks.

These electronic device checks are intimidating, even for the most law-abiding persons. Confidential business documents, privileged attorney-client information, Web browser history, emails, music collections — everything you are carrying electronically can be searched and given up. Your protests and complaints will fall on deaf ears. There is no discretion – for you or for your clients, business partners or any other party your electronic devices can associate with you.

You could invest time and money into encrypting the confidential data on your laptop and hiding data in a separate section of the hard drive, but forensic software is difficult to outsmart. Besides, such measures only raise red flags, making you look guiltier than you probably are.

So how can you travel abroad without having to worry about border control poking around in your personal and confidential data, and worse, confiscating it? Simple. Travel empty-handed: they can not take what you do not have.

Invest in a remote PC access control solution that can enable you to access your home or office computer from anywhere. There are many remote PC access software that can help you achieve this. Some software require installation on both the computer you are accessing and the computer you are using to access the other computer. Others work without any installations or any complicated firewall and router configuration. Some software support features that allow you to control the remote computer even if it is turned off.

It is the new way of working — and the new way of travelling. You can travel light and with the confidence of knowing that your data is safe and in no risk of getting confiscated.

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