Tourist Data Theft in China: What You Need To Know

When travelling abroad, executives must be alert and weary of snooping spies. Data theft is not uncommon in countries such as China and Russia where government will often spy and look with suspicion on foreigners.
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Beaverton, OR ( December 13, 2012 - Whether it's the first time you are travelling international for business related matters or may have travelled several times before. Chances are you are excited and nervous at the same time. If you are travelling to countries such as China, you may find this information quite useful. So, you finally arrive in China for that big company presentation and check into your hotel room, chances are you'll step out of your hotel room to take the edge off with a few shots of vodka, or get a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant. Since, you are not being paid to get drunk or take a dinner/lunch break, it's likely that you'll leave your laptop in your hotel room's dresser or locker, and then step out and lock the room's door. So, you finally return to your room and you notice everything is exactly where it's supposed to be. Weeks go by, and you haven't noticed anything unusual on your laptop. However, little to your knowledge, while you were away, someone did actually sneak into your room and installed a spyware on your laptop. Being oblivious about the activity that's going on at the back end of your laptop, all your customer data, company marketing secrets, product development schematics, exchanged emails, and other proprietary information is being captured by that spyware!

No one knows how many PCs are affected in this manner, because many never discover the spyware and most organizations can never muster the courage to announce publicly that they've been hacked. Nonetheless, this phenomenon is more common than you might expect, say data security experts. Experts recommend that business travelers should simply assume their computers hacked if they leave their laptops unattended in high-risk countries such as China. Business tourists should carry their laptops wherever they go. If there's a risk of physical theft, business travelers should lock file or files which contain sensitive data using desktop based data security software. Finally, travelers should purchase and install an enterprise level spyware and antivirus software on their laptops.

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