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13 top tips for better mobile working

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We've put together 13 top tips to ensure that if you are working on the go, you are working better, smarter, and faster.

Working on the go is becoming increasingly popular, but it must be efficient too. It's no good finding out you can't access your emails when you need important information right before a presentation. However, we've rounded up 15 top tricks that'll have you working better, smarter, and faster on the go.

Use your laptop as a Wi-Fi hotspot

Next time you find yourself in a hotel room with only one wired connection and a handful of laptops begging for a Wi-Fi hotspot, transform your laptop into a wireless router by setting up an ad hoc wireless network and sharing your wired gateway.

First, plug the ethernet cord into your laptop. To create a new ad hoc network, be sure to enable 'Internet Sharing' on your laptop by checking the box labeled 'Allow other network users to connect through this computer's internet connection' in the Advanced tab of the Properties menu. From there, setting up an ad hoc network works differently in XP and in Vista.

In XP, right-click the Wi-Fi icon in your system tray and select 'Open Network Connections'. Then right-click the 'Wireless Network Connection' icon and select 'Properties'. Click the 'Add' button in the Wireless Networks tab, give the new network a name and password, and check the box next to 'This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network'.

In Vista, right-click the 'Network' icon in your system tray and choose 'Connect to a network'. Click 'Set up a connection or network' in the sidebar, and choose the 'Set up a wireless ad hoc network' option. Then follow the setup wizard and save the new network.

Once you've created your ad hoc wireless network with the laptop you plugged in, you can connect any other computer to the new Wi-Fi network just as you would connect it to any other wireless hotspot.

Set up a laptop security system

If you're a seasoned traveller, you're used to working with your laptop in public places. But if you're not securing that laptop, you're asking for trouble. Apart from using a physical laptop lock (which you should already do), you can set up a software security system on your laptop with free software designed to deter thieves and to recover laptops.

For example, Laptop Alarm, when switched on, will set off a loud alarm if anyone unplugs your power cord, moves your mouse, or tries to shut down your computer. And since no security system is complete without a security camera, try Yawcam, a free app that turns your laptop's webcam into a motion-sensing security camera capable of uploading photos of potential thieves to the FTP server of your choice.

Last but not least, the free LaptopLock utility focuses on retrieval and extra security for stolen laptops. With LaptopLock you can delete files, encrypt data, and log the IP address of your stolen laptop - all remotely.

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