Technology Tips for International Travel

Posted December 14th, 2018 at 9:40 am.

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Using Duo Internationally

Authenticating with Duo does not require an international phone, phone number, or data plan. Instead, simply set up the Duo Mobile app which will allow you to:

  • When connected to WiFi or Mobile Data: receive push notifications
  • When disconnected from WiFi or Mobile Data: generate one-time use codes

See Getting Started with Duo for enrollment & setup instructions.

Note: If you do not plan to have a smartphone available, please purchase a Duo Hardware Token at the Help Desk. This will allow you to generate one-time use codes without a wireless or cellular connection.


Travelling with Encrypted Laptops

Some countries heavily regulate or ban the import, export, or use of encrypted devices. Travelling with an encrypted device without proper authorization could result in fines, confiscation, or other penalties.

Under the “personal use exemption” of the Wassenaar Arrangement, certain countries allow travelers to freely enter with encrypted devices as long as the travelers do not create, enhance, share, sell, or otherwise distribute the encryption technology while abroad.

Please check the following resources for the most up-to-date information:

If you are travelling to a country where encrypted devices are not permitted, please contact the Help Desk so we can determine if your laptop is encrypted & assess potential solutions.


International Calling

Use the MiCollab Mobile App to receive & place calls using your Bryn Mawr College phone number. See Phone System Software, Mobile Apps, and Softphone for instructions on how to set up the app.

Note: Charges may apply if you use cellular data instead of a wireless connection. Check with your service provider to prevent the app from using cellular data.


Filed under: General Assistance,Information Security by Melissa Cresswell

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