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If you travel for business, chances are you need to connect to the Internet while on the road. Here are some tips to help:
Set up wireless access. If you travel frequently, sign up for a wireless data plan from your service provider. Depending on the features of your mobile phone, you can use it as a substitute for your laptop for accessing your emails or browsing the web. Some devices support tethering—where you use your device as a wireless modem for network access. Newer generation netbooks and laptops natively support 3G, which allows these devices to browse the Internet in places where WiFi is not available.
WiFi is your friend. If you haven’t signed up for a wireless data plan, your mobile phone is limited in its features, or you prefer to use a laptop that only has support for WiFi, do your homework and research whether your destination or nearby areas provide WiFi access. Websites such as WiFi Hot Spot List, JiWire, and gWiFi.net provide a database of places offering free WiFi. HotelChatter.comprovides an annual list of Best WiFi Hotels as well.
Dial-up as a last resort. You can always resort to dial-up if your location only provides fixed-line telephone access. Some ISPs still provide dial-up as an option and it’s a good idea to keep their access numbers just in case.
Feel secure with VPN. If you are accessing sensitive data while travelling, certain programs will ensure secure access via public Internet connections. One example is the use of Virtual Private Network (VPN) software which can create a private network between two or more computers. If your company provides this service, use it. If not, contact us and we can set one up for you. Note that while you have access to office resources such as company file servers, printers and email as if you were there, you could possibly be restricted to the same security policies as well.
Interested in finding out more? Contact us to find out how we can help you stay connected on the road.
Published on 5th June 2010 by Jeanne DeWitt.