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WiFi Hotspots: How to hit the wireless spot
One of the big reasons people buy notebooks and PDAs with wireless capabilities is the promise of working or playing without being tied down to a desk. But you can't take your home or work wireless network with you, so how do you stay connected? You can use one of the many WiFi hotspots offered in any metropolis or tech-savvy burg. A hotspot is a public location, such as an airport, hotel, coffee shop, or restaurant that supplies a wireless internet connection for free or a fee.
I'm sure I don't have to remind our loyal readers about keeping your OS patches and virus definitions up-to-date, but there is more you'll need to do when using such a public resource. You should turn off file sharing and enable the Firewall included in Windows XP and Mac OS X or use a third-party firewall solution like Norton Personal Firewall for XP or OS X.
Now you know how easy it is to connect to the internet on a park bench on a beautiful, sunny day, you'll find going back inside a little difficult. Just tell your boss that sometimes the best place to get work done is away from work.
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