Actually, all you need to do is make sure your iCloud backups are up to date before you hit the border checkpoint.

Then, perform a factory reset, and wipe your iPhone clear and clean.

Cross the border – if they stop you and ask for your iPhone, hand them the factory reset and wiped iPhone.

With a smile.

When you get home, just restore your iPhone with the iCloud Backup.

Rinse and Repeat.

A few months ago I wrote about how you can encrypt your entire life in less than an hour. Well, all the security in the world can’t save…

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  1. Even easier on a MacBook – set up several different login accounts. Before traveling, set auto login to an innocuous ‘clean’ account. Set the MacBook up so it doesn’t show the name of the logged in user in the menu bar.

    Once home or in your destination, set the auto login to your regular ‘daily driver’ account.

    Rinse and repeat while traveling.

    That way, when rebooting, it boots into the safe account, and they can poke around to their heart’s content.

    For extra credit – you can also password protect the ‘Users’ section of System Preferences. That way, they can access it, or see that there are other user accounts.

    If they ask for passwords “you’ll need to call my office, this is a work issued computer”

    Or, you can configure a setting that makes the Users section invisible, if you feel like it.

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