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Protecting your data is a constant battle, especially when leaving the security of your home or office. When crossing many borders, you may be required to provide passwords for your devices so that the authorities can have a look at their contents. Failure to provide a password could result in denied entry or even prosecution to a foreign country. If this is a concern of yours, you might want to check out what the makers of 1Password have done with the introduction of Travel Mode.
What is Travel Mode with 1Password?
Travel mode is truly innovative, in that it does not attempt to hide any data on your device, instead, while in travel mode any data that you deem unsafe for travel and want to keep private, is permanently removed from your device.
Using the new travel mode is straightforward, before departing on your trip simply create a 1Password vault that contains all the folders that you are happy with to be inspected when crossing an international border. You then mark this vault as safe for travel, and you can activate travel mode via your profile page. At this point, every vault will be removed from your devices, apart from the one marked safe for travel. This is particularly useful if you're traveling for leisure but keep business/corporate credentials stored in a vault that you don't need when traveling.
Once you have safely crossed borders and arrived at your destination, connect to the internet, log into 1Password, and disable travel mode from your profile page; your other vaults will then sync to your device. Simple, but addresses the security concern that many have.
It is true that many people are willing to sacrifice some privacy for the sake of security, using the adage “if you have nothing to hide, let people look.” While this logic is fine, there are many cases where data has to be protected for good reasons; company accounts, financial information, medical research data, the list is almost endless. Since we have no control over what is done with our data after it has been accessed by the authorities, any steps that we can take to protect sensitive data can only be a good thing.
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