As laptop bans, border searches, and filtering become more common, travel computing security—keeping your data and systems safe while traveling and keeping your home systems safe when you return—is a timely topic. Ryan Lackey explores the unique challenges for the traveling user and shares policy and technical solutions, as well as how security threats and technologies have evolved over time. Ryan pays particular attention to laptop bans on flights between the US and the Middle East and Europe, compelled disclosure of online passwords at borders, and the rise of economic espionage against travelers in hotels and other locations—current concerns for a broad cross-section of users and organizations—and shares some of the least expensive and most consumer-focused solutions.
Since discovering the cypherpunks mailing list in the early 1990s, Ryan Lackey has been fascinated by how security technologies can enhance individual liberty for people around the world. After dropping out of MIT to start an anonymous electronic cash company in Anguilla, he founded the world’s first offshore data haven, HavenCo, on the self-declared Principality of Sealand in the North Sea. After a decade spent in conflict zones around the world establishing satellite, cellular, wireless, and other networks for governments, militaries, NGOs, and companies, he founded CryptoSeal (acquired by CloudFlare in 2014) to bring tamper-responding secure computing to internet servers. More recently, Ryan founded Travel Fleet, a company dedicated to using tamper-responding secure computing technology to protect client-side computing devices, which provides organizations with secure laptops, phones, and other devices, plus network services, to protect and empower their personnel when they travel to high-risk or austere environments.
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