What to do when you cross a border? Do you unlock your encrypted device or risk confiscation or worse yet, imprisonment? More and more businesses are taking special precautions for anyone that visits a foreign country and returns to the United States, but what do you do about all of those logon credentials that you are storing in your password manager? Obviously, if someone has access to your password manager data they can logon to every system and learn all about your activity and inner secrets. 1Password has introduced a new feature to help you protect your private information and access to systems you don't want the government (or anybody else) to see. It is called Travel Mode.
Basically, you create a vault that is safe for travel and one that contains information that would not be safe to travel with. Before you hit the road, enable Travel Mode. Anything that you have not designated as "safe for travel" will be removed from the device. Once you get to your destination, you can turn Travel Mode off and all of the removed data will synchronize back to the device. Pretty slick. I'm guessing that many more password manager companies will be providing similar features. Perhaps a special hidden section that is encrypted with different keys is also a possibility. No matter what, there is a lot of attention being paid to protect information when traveling, especially when returning to the United States.
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