Make the Most Out of Your Travels

Make the Most Out of Your Travels!

Are you planning a vacation or trip? If you’re going somewhere new and unfamiliar, then this is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy yourself and to experience the true thrill of traveling, which is trying new things and getting out of your comfort zone. It’s important that, when you travel, you don’t just do the same old things you could do at home and/or that you do every day. Instead, you should commit yourself to getting to know your new locale, what it’s all about, and experiencing everything that it has to offer you.

When you first arrive in a new city or town, make a beeline for the local newspaper stand and pick up the latest copy. As you browse through the paper, you’ll begin to get a real feel for this area you’ve found yourself in and what it’s all about. Not only will this make you feel more at home and more aware of what’s going on, but it can also help you to find out about fun events, festivals, and special happenings in the area. If you run across something fun that you’ve never tried before or don’t get the opportunity to do very often, then definitely take advantage.

Remember, too, that the best way to really blend in when you’re in a new place is to act like the locals, and the best way to do that is to get to know who the locals are. Find a trendy local hotspot, like a bar, a diner, or a café, and don’t be shy! Look for friendly looking patrons and strike up a conversation. You might just make a new friend or two and, better yet, you can get the inside scoop on the coolest places to be and the best things to do. If you have a quality GPS in your vehicle, use it as a way to find out about local restaurants and other venues where you’re likely to meet people.

As you try new and hopefully outrageous things, be sure to document your adventure! Take photos of each new thing you try and each place you see. These will make for great memories later on and also serve as fun and unique souvenirs of your trip. You might even want to start a photo collection of all the places you’ve traveled to. You could take pictures of yourself at welcome centers, truck stops, landmarks, or anything else you can dream up.

Finally, make sure you take the time to appreciate the cultured part of your vacation spot. Use your GPS or go online to find out about museums, art galleries or exhibitions, plays, and more. Often times, the local arts the very best and the most unique and can provide you with an experience you wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. Above all else, when you travel, just remember that the whole point is to experience the new and the different and to see and live life in a brand new way.

Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless’ New MiFi Mobile Hotspot Vs External USB and PC Card Broadband Devices

The newest device to enter the market looking for a portion of your broadband-bucks is the MiFi (pronounced “my-fye”) Intelligent Mobile Hotspot from Verizon Wireless. Priced at around $99 (with new 2-year contract), the MiFi is pricey, but within reach for those looking to expand their mobile broadband network.

The MiFi’s main difference from traditional external USB and Broadband devices is that it has dual abilities, half modem and half wireless router. After activation the MiFi 2200 will work as a modem when it’s connected to a computer, or a router when disconnected. In modem mode it provides an Internet connection to only the computer to which it is physically connected.

In router mode, however, the MiFi connects to the Internet and shares that connection wirelessly with up to five other Wi-Fi enabled devices. This mode works just like any other Wi-Fi hotspot allowing wireless devices to pick up its signal automatically. A very cool feature to have, now that so many devices around the house are wi-fi compatible. Connect your laptop, along with your iPod Touch, Nintendo Wii, TiVo, and have another wireless slot still available for a friend.

Just slightly larger than five credit cards stacked together, the Verizon Wireless MiFi is small and attractive. You can easily keep it in your pocket of purse, which makes this great for grab-n-go with your kids. Imagine a family road trip where your teenage kids are using their Internet, iPod, and you can keep up travel advisories and weather along the way. All simultaneously, and all based on the one single device-your MiFi.

Data plans are different than the standard mobile broadband plans, so make sure you know what you’re getting. The most notable difference is that there is not option for unlimited date transfer. Currently, Verizon is offering two plans: either $40 for 250MB a month or $60 for 5GB month, (overage charges are 5 cents and 10 cents per MB for the $60 and $40 plans, respectively).

Wi-Fi Hotspot Security

Wi-Fi Hotspot Security

You’ve set up your Boingo account, you’re hanging out at the Home Turf sports bar in LAX and you figure you’ll do a little business or check your e-mail while sipping a Chardonnay. Well, that’s the point of Wi-Fi hotspots; being able to take care of a few things while in a relaxing atmosphere.

Don’t, however, get so relaxed that you ignore security and give all your confidential information to some unscrupulous hacker. Yeah, you see the guy. He’s over in the corner wearing that fake nose and glasses with the ridiculous Bozo the Clown cap. Yep, drinking a Blatz. Dead give away.

Sorry, they won’t be that obvious, I doubt they ever drink Blatz and very seldom wear clown caps. When you’re thinking back, trying to remember who was around when your password was stolen, you probably won’t remember the woman in the tastefully tailored business suit, and if, by chance, you do, she won’t be the one you suspect. The best defense is to implement some simple security practices and measures that will safeguard your business and personal information. Hot Spot Security: Simple Stuff Be aware of those around you.

When you’re considering Wi-Fi security in public places one of the first safeguards is anything but high tech. Remember a few years ago when people were getting huge phone bills because someone was watching as they keyed in pass codes? It’s still happening to Wi-Fi network subscribers. Do what you can to keep prying eyes from your keyboard and screen. You pay good money for your monthly subscription and there’s no reason to let anyone piggyback or steal your credit card number as you sign up for a daily use fee at Starbucks. Speaking of passwords:

Those of us who toil and travel are prime targets for those who may be of the persuasion to purloin. In other words, it’s quite possible to be targeted for laptop theft. Use a complex password to protect your files, folders and laptop from access by those villains of concourse and lobby. Don’t Share!

Yes, I know, mothers have been telling us to share for centuries but, at least while using a Wi-Fi hotspot, make sure you disable file sharing. It might be great for the home and good at the office but it’s disaster in the making at your favorite coffee house. Use a Personal Firewall.

If you’re using a corporate laptop make sure you talk to your IT department before you install any firewalls but if the laptop you’re using is your own let me suggest downloading a copy of ZoneAlarm. There are others of course but, for personal use, since ZoneAlarm is free and seems to test better than the rest I can’t see a reason to recommend another.

Most of the reasons for using a firewall should be self-evident but, to say the least, you’ll want to be made aware of any traffic coming or going and any unusual communication between applications. Hot Spot Security: Less Simple Stuff Beware the Evil Twin

Otherwise known as ‘Rogue Hotspots’ or the ‘soft AP attack’ this Wi-Fi version of the e-mail Phishing scam is perpetrated by hackers who jam and mimic the signal and SSID of a legitimate hotspot. They then serve up a sign-in page garnering usernames, passwords and, in some cases, credit card numbers. If they go so far as to allow a connection to the Internet they’re then in the position to intercept unencrypted traffic as well as any files open to sharing (Don’t Share!).

There are a few things you can do to protect yourself from ‘Evil Twins’:

Don’t set your Wi-Fi card to allow automatic connection to any available network.
Check the list of available SSIDs to make sure you’re connecting to the right one.
Turn off the ad-hoc mode allowing other clients to connect directly to you.
Turn off your Wi-Fi card entirely as soon as you’re finished.
Use the personal or enterprise version of ‘AirDefense’, whichever may be appropriate.
Although a firewall won’t keep you from connecting to an ‘Evil Twin’ it will help to safeguard your information should you inadvertently fall victim.

Encrypt Confidential Information

Data that’s transmitted between yourself and a secure Web site can be counted on to be safe from the Starbucks Snidely Whiplash so when you’re purchasing goods, or banking on-line, you can do so without fear. When you’re logging onto the secure portion of the site, however, you may be doing so without the protection of security so be careful to note whether or not the sign in page is secured (https).

When sending e-mail there are a few things you can do to safeguard yourself. For example, instead of using Outlook or Thunderbird, take advantage of your ISP’s Web interface which, in most cases, will be secure and should protect your data during transmission.

If you frequently encounter the need to send large files via e-mail then using a compression program will meet your need to reduce the size of the file and most compression programs will also secure the data with encryption.

Another option is to use a free encryption program like C

Public WI-Fi Hotspots

Public WI-Fi Hotspots – Some Important Facts

People can travel almost anywhere outside the home or office and encounter a Wi-fi hotspot – bookstores, restaurants, fast food eateries, hotels, airports, and even hospitals have these hotspots to allow customers to come in and use their computers to browse the internet. What are public Wi-Fi hotspots? They are simply sites that allow customers to access the internet over a wireless network that is set up in the facility. They use what is called “Wi-Fi” technology which allows the computer to access the network over a wireless high speed connection. It’s convenient, usually free, and customers can enjoy a hot cup of coffee or work on business spreadsheets at any of these facilities.

Dangers of Connecting to a Public Wireless Hot Spot and Dangers of Free Hotspots

The old saying “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” is even true with “free internet”. Certainly the “cost” to access the “free wireless hotspot” may be zero, but with the dangers lurking nearby, in the long run there’s the possibility of down-the-road “cost” on these “free” sites. Some of the dangers that can cost consumers in the long run include:

Data theft – Information theft is huge around the globe today because of these “free hotspots”. In fact some of these wireless hotspots are actually created by hackers and sold to legitimate businesses in order to get access to any information on the computer that is logged into the hotspot.

Identity theft – Because everyone at the “free wireless hotspot” spot has the security key to access the “free hotspot”, it has become a favorite hangout of hackers all over the globe. These wireless networks are unsecured and it makes for easy prey to the hackers to get access to banking information, credit card information, passwords, and account numbers – whatever they are looking for to make some “free easy money” on someone else’s work.

Viruses – Another major problem with these “free wi-fi” spots is that along with the security key comes the ability for viruses, Trojan horses, worms, or any other detrimental program from finding their way into the computer. These can create huge problems accessing data that is stored on the computer, and can even travel in e-mails and affect other people’s computers as well.

How Personal VPN Service is the Solution

Public wi-fi is convenient for the traveler, and for those who are frequently out of the office checking corporate e-mail accounts is handy, but with the potential security risks, these could be problematic.

Commercial Vs Free Hotspots

Commercial Vs Free Hotspots

Wherever Wi-Fi hotspots are available, users usually have to choose between two options: either connect to a paid connection or free one.

Nowadays, free hotspots are more popular because not only do commercial establishments provide this but also users at home who have wireless connections and who wittingly or unwittingly share their connection.

The main attraction in free hotspots is that, well, they are free. What one has to do is simply connect to that network and browse the day away. Aside from that, there are groups that believe in sharing their bandwidth with others. They say that since they do not maximize their bandwidth anyway, they might as well let others jump into their connection too.

But free hotspots have their share of problems. They are usually unsecured which enables anyone with the right software to sniff the data sent by other people on the network. It can be a breeding ground for hackers and identity thieves.

Meanwhile, there’s the alternative of having paid Wi-Fi connections. This type of hotspot can usually be found in airports. This mainly caters to business travellers who need to connect to the internet even at the airport.

The good thing with this option is that it is more secure because of several measures made by airports in ensuring the privacy of data over the network.

But the data isn’t completely secure. They are still logged, by airports for example, for purposes of having usage records that law enforcement agencies require in monitoring criminal activity.

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Business Travelers

Practical Uses of Mobile Hotspot for Business Travelers

Business travel has become second nature for organizations competing to expand their operations. Every month several business trips to different destinations are organized for individuals. During the business travel time, mobile hotspot plays an important role in surfing on the Internet.

Among pocket mobile hotspot devices, ZTE MF60 is one pretty kick-ass unit for business travelers — small(about the size of a credit card), lightweight, bar soap shaped 3G/WiFi router. It actually supports HSPA+ networks. That means you can theoretically reach as fast as 21Mbps over mobile internet. It is very beneficial for travelers. Being able to take such high-speed connections with you to anywhere you go is something which can be put to very good use. No time will be wasted when you have this kind of technology in your pocket — literally.

Everybody can benefit from the MF60 mobile hotspot. Students can finish their homework on the bus ride back home. Journalists can research on their topics while on their way to the office. Business travelers, on the other hand, have a lot to gain from this technology. Business travelers don’t have a lot of time in their hands – and when they do make time, they usually use it up on even more business work. Time is very important for them, as is efficiency.

And with ZTE MF60, they get to focus on what they need to do. One use of the mobile hotspot for business travelers is, of course, on long business trips. Instead of having to waste the idle time while waiting for the plane, train, bus, or whatever vehicle to get to the destination, business travelers now would have the option to go online and finish everything that needs to be finished. They can even start a business meeting early, while on the plane to feel out their business prospects before meeting them face to face. Imagine being able to prepare your presentation on the way to the meeting, getting through the meeting, and then writing your report and sending it to your boss on the way back. Now that’s efficient. The advent of the WiFi MF60 has truly created the first practical.

However, what would best help business travelers when using the MF60 is their personal life. Business travelers give up most of their time for work, leaving only a couple of hours (if there are at all) for their families. As they are always on the go, they don’t have time to sit down at a coffee shop to access the WiFi to instant message their spouse or kids. With this device, they can talk to their families while traveling, keeping them in touch while working. The importance of this transcends business theories — nothing inspires you to work harder more than your family. And being able to hear them and even see them while you’re on your way to that very important meeting which could land you a big promotion would do wonders to your self-esteem and confidence — and that would most likely be the factor between closing the deal and losing it to the competitors.

Travel Tips

Travel Tips: 5 Ways To Get Free WiFi

For me traveling is about escaping some of the pressures of everyday life that it’s hard to break away from at home. It’s my only chance to elude the never ending media bombardment of news updates. The only reason I like to be on the web when abroad is to be able to stay in touch with those back home. Getting free wifi cuts down on travel expenses.

Here are some of the ways that you can do it:

1. Do Your Homework

There are plenty of public places such as coffee shops that provide free wifi for their customers. Other possibilities include museums, libraries, cafes, trains, trams and buses. Be sure to do some research before you leave home and you’ll have a good chance of succeeding with the location of it.

2. Hidden Networks Rock

There are plenty of them and they are there waiting for you to use them. Many phones and tablets have applications that will help you to find them. If you don’t use one of these applications, then you can always just keep checking on your phone. Lots of people don’t lock their domestic wifi and you can hop on for a few minutes – just enough time to send emails and check your social media account.

3. Make the Best Use of Your Phone

Smartphones are usually equipped with a wifi hotspot ability. You can link to the web through a system such as 3GS and then emit a wifi signal that you can hook up your tablet or PC to. If you don’t have free 3GS then beware – it could cost you more than you think. Check the prices of data roaming with your network provider prior to leaving.

4. Use the Phone Hotspot of a Friend

If you don’t’ have a data plan that will allow you free access to the internet in the country that you are in, then you can always use somebody else’s. This might be the phone of a native citizen of the country.

5. Only Book If There is Free Wifi

One of my rules is to only book hotels that offer free Wifi. Alternatively I might book a budget hotel that will make a small charge for it. Hotel websites and hotel review sites will usually detail what the arrangement is, so check before you go.

Hotspots In Pattaya

Top 3 Hotspots In Pattaya

Pattaya is any vacationer’s paradise- the colorful beaches, its religious monuments and nature’s display of incredible sights. This jaw dropping beauty is known to be the main hub for all the commercial party scenes in Bangkok. A city that witnesses hordes of tourists year after year extends its enticing experience to one and all that make a trip to this side. Let us now take a look at the top three tourist attractions that you must visit when on a Pattaya holiday package.

Top three hotspots in Pattaya:

1. Beach visit

The beach is one of the main tourist attractions in Pattaya. Its turquoise blue waters, glistening white sand, gentle sun’s rays; all of which makes your Pattaya travel package worth it all. You could consider hitting the small island beaches such as Coral Island, Ko Phai, Ko Khrok, and a few other acclaimed ones by booking a boat to take you from point A to B. A quick swing in Koh Larn Island will give you the amazing opportunity of having a gala time in crystal clear waters and exploring the rich and colorful coral reefs.

2. Pattaya floating market

No tour and travel package to Pattaya is complete without hitting the well-famed floating market. You can discover intricate handicrafts of Thailand, some mouth-watering authentic Thai food and what’s unique is that you will be floating through the market. This unconventional experience is something that will stand out in your entire trip to this beautiful city.

3. Walking Street

The center of all attractions for all those who love an active, loud and crazy ambiance! So, wear on your party clothes and make a night trip to walking street to experience the entire street packed with bars, pubs, cafes and night clubs. As and when you decide to take a Pattaya tour package, make sure to include this street on your itinerary. In addition, it is recommended that you keep your kids back at the hotel room when planning on a night long party on the walking street.