International travel: Security and technology tips

This article reviews important tips for using technology while traveling internationally.

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:

See Getting Started with Duo for enrollment & setup instructions.

Note: If you do not plan to have a smartphone available, please talk to the Help Desk about getting a Duo Security Token. This will allow you to generate single-use codes without a wireless or cellular connection.

Traveling with encrypted devices

Some countries heavily regulate or ban the import, export, or use of encrypted devices. Traveling 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 traveling 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 College Softphone: Setup & Use 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.


If you have any additional questions or problems, don't hesitate to reach out to the Help Desk!

Phone: 610-526-7440 | Library and Help Desk hours
Email: help@brynmawr.eduService catalog
Location: Canaday Library 1st floor