Our mayor just had his laptop and cell phone seized as he returned from a trip to China: http://www.recordnet.com/article/20151001/NEWS/151009979 It seems to me that if I had to travel with a laptop, I would remove the hard drive and just run off a Linux Live CD. Most mail systems (like Yahoo) allow the user to interact with their email on their web site or download it with something like Outlook. While traveling, just use the web interface from the browser on the Live CD. You could even use an Out Of Office notice to have senders resend their email to a new but temporary web based email site. If my laptop wouldn't boot from a DVD with the HD removed, I would put in a new drive just to make BIOS happy and never write a single file. As to the cellphone? Buy a burner at 7-Eleven and tell those few people who get your new number to not call unless the Fire Department just left your burned out house and maybe not even then. Certainly don't allow texts. Don't create any contacts either. If you can't remember a number, call someone else who can. ETA: Files that you absolutely must have could be stored on the cloud. Yes, Live CDs are slow but at least you're not going to give away your life's story.