Partner Craig Smith quoted on Washingtonpost.com
Protecting your data should be your highest priority. To do that, consider swapping out the hard drive on your laptop for a clean one, advises Craig Smith, an attorney who specializes in intellectual-property issues for the Cambridge, Mass., law firm Lando & Anastasi, LLP.
“The goal is to limit the amount of data you carry during your travels to mitigate the risk of disclosure,” he notes. If you can’t remove the hard drive, consider encrypting it and protecting it with a strong password. Again, this creates an obstacle for a customs agent that could be enough to deter a more detailed search.