I've been thinking alot about security and access to accounts should I lose my phone (and potentially robbed of all devices with me) while traveling in a foreign country. I have done all the right things: 2FA (with Google Authenticator) on important accounts, including gmail and Apple; random, unique answers to security questions; etc. I've been researching what the steps would be required to access accounts, particularly Google (gmail) and Apple (icloud), without my phone or secondary device in another country (outside the US). It's not pretty. Without my iphone or other trusted device, I'm not going to be able to use 2FA. And if I lose my phone and still have my macbook (not if I'm robbed), Authenticator does not work on it.
If I were without access to my accounts, some important things I do each day, work-wise, would not be able to be done, and I might have to end the travel early.
So, what to do? Switching to 2-Step Authorization (SMS) isn't helpful as I would not be able to receive the text. And SMS is not secure anyway . I'm considering turning off 2FA while on a vacation. With the random, complex, and unique-to-each-account Security Question Answers I use (stored in 1Password), no one would be able to pass a security answers test. They wouldn't get my password in the first place since they are super strong. So, what would be the problem with this method while on vacation? Please blow holes in the idea and offer any suggestions on how to otherwise handle travel and security.
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