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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Automatically lock your computer when you walk away, and unlock it when you return

Free application BtProx monitors the proximity of your computer (laptop or desktop) to your mobile phone or other Bluetooth device, and automatically locks the computer when the phone goes out of range. When you walk away from your laptop with your mobile phone in your pocket, for example, the computer will automatically lock - protecting its contents from prying eyes while you're not there.

In addition, you can arrange for BtProx to launch any application at the same time that it issues the lock command - so you could automatically lock your PC and turn on your laptop security system when you walk away rom the machine.

Set up AIM forwarding to your mobile

Instant messaging may seem like a productivity black hole, but in some workplaces, it's the quickest and easiest way to communicate with your coworkers. You can even reply to IMs via text message, meaning that you can have the same conversation using your phone as you would from your instant messaging client.

To enable IM Forwarding on the web, just go to AOL's IM Forwarding page, click the 'Manage Your Mobile Settings' link, and fill out the form (you'll need to log in if you haven't already).

Use your mobile phone as an internet hotspot

The problem: you've signed up for a lightning-fast data plan on your mobile phone, but your mobile browser sometimes fails to provide the browsing experience you need. The solution: tether your mobile phone's data plan to your laptop so you'll have an internet connection anywhere your mobile phone has a signal.

PdaNet turns any iPhone, Windows Mobile phone, or Palm OS phone into a wireless router; and if you have a Nokia phone, JoikuSpot will do the job. Keep in mind that tethering your data connection will significantly decrease your phone's battery life, but it's a godsend when you need it.

Beef up your voicemail

One of the iPhone's most innovative features was visual voicemail, which lets users see who left voicemail and listen to individual voicemail messages on demand. Web service YouMail do upgrades your mobile phone's voicemail for free, adding visual voicemail, voicemail filtering, and caller-specific greetings to any mobile. It even sends voicemail straight to your email inbox, so archiving a voicemail message permanently or sharing a message is easy.

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  5. Instantly find yourself on a Google Map

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Send group SMS messages

Whether you're organising a night out with friends or you need to mass-message your team about a change of meeting venue, group messaging is an excellent method to use. Phone trees and email lists work, but mobile phones make text messaging the quickest, most effective way to get the word out. Unfortunately, filling out an enormous To: field with every contact on your list is tedious and time-consuming.

Ad-supported service Tatango remedies this problem by letting you communicate with every member of a predefined group of people by sending just one text message. The process is simple: sign up, build out your contact list, and enjoy convenient mass SMS messaging. However, the service is currently available only when you're working in the US.

Name that tune

One way to get a song out of your head is to listen to it again from start to finish but setting up a replay can be difficult when you don't actually know the song's name. Sure, you can fire up Google, enter the few lyrics you know, and hope for a positive ID, but phone service Shazam takes a more scientific approach to music matching.

The next time a song you don't know is playing, just dial 2580 and hold your phone up to the music for 15 seconds. Shazam will identify the song and send you a text message containing the song information and a link for buying it. The service costs 50p for each accurately identified song, so if you plan on using it a lot, subscribe to the Tag Club which offers 300 ID tags for £2 per month.

Save the cost of a 118 call

When you're out and about with a mobile phone as your only electronic companion, and you need local information, 118 118 is still one of the quickest and easiest ways to obtain it. The catch: it costs for every call or text you make to the service. However there is an alternative. GOOG-411 is a free 118-style service from search giant Google. It's another one you'll be able to use only when travelling in the states, where residents can dial 1-800-GOOG-411, and follow the automated voice prompts to let GOOG-411's voice recognition program take care of you for free.

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  2. Automatically lock your laptop
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  5. Instantly find yourself on a Google Map

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Bring the Tube map with you

When you travel by tube, knowing your route - and your route options - is a must. Website iSubwayMaps offers free maps of 22 different cities across the globe, including London, so you can plan your route no matter where you are. The maps are optimised for use on iPods and iPhones, but each map is just a photo, so it should work on any mobile device capable of displaying images.

Shop Amazon via SMS

Amazon offer online shopping addicts the chance to buy products even while they're away from an internet connection.

Amazon TextBuyIt is a free service from Amazon that lets you find and buy items on Amazon via text message. It works only from the US Amazon right now, but Amazon.co.uk should catch up soon (and you can, of course, buy from Amazon.com). To use it, just text a keyword to 262966. Amazon TextBuyIt will instantly reply with a list of results, and you can text the company right back to identify the one you want to buy. After you do so, you'll receive a phone call from Amazon to confirm the details of your service.

It's quick, it's easy, and it should satisfy your need to buy online until you can reconnect to the web.

Go straight to voicemail with SlyDial

Maybe you have just enough time between meetings to fire off a quick text message but not enough time to type. Or maybe you just want to avoid talking to the person on the other end of the line. Either way, wouldn't it be nice to be able to skip straight to voicemail?

Website SlyDial lets you do just that, forgoing the formalities of conversation by sending you straight to your contact's voicemail. The person you're calling won't know that you called until the voicemail pops up in the inbox, and you'll have saved yourself the effort of a full-fledged conversation when all you wanted to do was relay a quick message.

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  1. Work better, smarter, and faster
  2. Automatically lock your laptop
  3. Send group SMS messages and name that tune
  4. Take a tube map with you
  5. Instantly find yourself on a Google Map

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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.

Instantly find yourself on a Google Map

Working on the go can be pain, especially when you need a quick set of directions or want to find a good place to eat in the neighbourhood. You'll have to open Google Maps, manually enter your current address (assuming that you even know the coffee shop's address), and finally search for what you need.

Instead of going through that routine, try installing the Geode Firefox extension and the Google Maps and Geode Greasemonkey script. Armed with them, the next time you visit Google Maps you'll see a new 'Current Position' link next to the search box that will instantly locate you on a map. And when Firefox 3.1 is released, you won't need the Geode extension at all.

  1. Work better, smarter, and faster
  2. Automatically lock your laptop
  3. Send group SMS messages and name that tune
  4. Take a tube map with you
  5. Instantly find yourself on a Google Map

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