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first_imgWatch the news on any given day in 2016 and there will be a segment about unrest in other countries, terrorist attacks, and specific areas being on high alert because intelligence service believe an attack is imminent. With that in mind, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has weighed in to ensure any US traveler going abroad is suitably paranoid and prepared.The educational warning comes in video from, which you can watch below:The production values are not great, but it’s the content that’s raising a few eyebrows. The clear message is that you are genuinely at risk when traveling abroad, which we already knew. In fact, most people reading this article will find the advice mostly obvious. But then we’re geeks, and we’ve all seen how lax the general public can be with the security of their electronic devices.The obvious advice is don’t leave your gadgets lying around, and only take what you really need on the trip. Not relying on your hotel room safe is also important considering they all have a default code that hotel management can use to access the contents.Recommending the use of a burner phone and throwaway email account, though? That’s the next level of travel and personal security. It is sound advice, and it is advice your typical business traveler probably doesn’t even understand (unless they watch a lot of spy movies) let alone consider doing.The overall message of the video and accompanying poster is: mitigate threat and be aware when you travel. It’s actually advice everyone should follow, not just US travelers, and not just business and government workers.The video is actually the fourth in a five part series of Know the Risk videos. The first three cover Spear Phishing, Social Media Deception, and Human Targeting. I wonder what the fifth one will be about…last_img read more

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