When Flying, Boot-Up for Safety!

By June 26, 2017Uncategorized

Whadyamean I can’t take my laptop on board?

As you may have heard, certain airlines have begun banning laptops (and other electronic devices larger than a smartphone) on board certain flights.  Intelligence reports have prompted security authorities in the United States to recently announce this ban on passenger flights from 10 airports in eight countries on 18 airlines[1].

Several hours after the U.S. announced its ban, the British government announced its own ban.  Air France-KLM Group and Deutsche Lufthansa AG say they’re making preparations for a moratorium on devices on flights from Europe.

Wow, and flying used to be fun!

What if your business requires its employees and contractors to travel about the world with sensitive company and customer confidential data? Are you someone whose deal-making depends to a large degree on face-to-face contact and personal demonstrations of products?

Don’t despair!  SPYRUS [www.spyrus.com] offers affordable solutions to carrying banned laptops. Carry a laptop equivalent in your pocket on a bootable SPYRUS Windows To Go USB Drive.  It securely contains all your company’s applications and your own personal information in separate encrypted storage compartments. Always-on, tamper-proof hardware encryption, certified against sophisticated physical and electronic attacks by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, prevents data at rest from being accessed, deleted, or modified. Software encryption can never achieve this same robust level of protection.

Plug the SPYRUS WTG drive into an unknown computer at your overseas location or hotel room and you are still absolutely safe and ready to work without leaving any footprint behind.  If you’re really risk-adverse, or paranoid about tinkering, place a small transparent thread across a couple of keys, close the lid and put a small sticky dot on the lid closure to see if the machine has been tampered with.  And if it has been, whew, you are safe because the cupboard is bare! The information is in your pocket       not in the attackers’.

So what’s your opinion?  Do you have an alternative way to economically maintain productivity for travelling personnel?   Do you ever worry about a computer being taken out of checked luggage, even temporarily?  Who among you (SPYRUS won’t check source addresses or place cookies on your machine) has ever lost or misplaced a laptop and said, as Alfred E. Neuman said, “What, me worry?”  Should you worry?  Do you want to share any stories, serious or comical, or let everyone know of other instances?

Please feel free to post your comments.

And to reduce these risks and your worries, please take a look at https://www.spyrus.com/windows-to-go-live-drives/ for the full story, and buckle-up and boot-up for safety the next time you fly.

[1] The airports from which you cannot carry-on your laptop on flights to the United States (and, in some instances, Europe) are:  Cairo; Istanbul; Kuwait City; Doha, Qatar; Casablanca, Morocco; Amman, Jordan; Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates.