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Simple tools for extreme telecommuters
There is a lot more involved in telecommuting than doing your work by the pool and then emailing it in.

Fortunately, setting up the technological infrastructure you need to be an extreme telecommuter does not have to be expensive. The first thing you will need is an extra notebook computer for traveling. Upload all the files you will need while you are away, of course keeping copies on your computer back home. The reason for this is obvious; there is an enormous risk of theft while traveling. Notebook computers go missing every day, with valuable information lost forever. Besides outright theft, there is even the possibility of a notebook being confiscated by border authorities.
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Safe Surfing at the local Wi-Fi coffeehouse
One of the great delights of the extreme telecommuter is the ability to work from anywhere. Traveling for a month? No problem. Just plug into your hotel's Wi-Fi, or go down to your local coffeeshop and use theirs. You can spend a couple hours guzzling cappuccino, people-watching, and working on that proposal that's due tomorrow.

The only problem with that scenario, as trendy as it sounds, is that Wi-Fi was never built for security. Chances are, most people in the coffeehouse are there for the same reason you are, but there is nonetheless a risk—and you should adhere to the basic IT security premise of "trust no one".
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How to Plan for Extreme Telecommuting
How to Plan for Extreme Telecommuting

There is a new breed of working professional in the world today.  This new professional class is going mobile, working while on a long-term, working vacation. Using modern laptops and other emerging mobile computing technology, the Extreme Telecommuter can work from any locale, as if from an office cubicle. The Extreme telecommuter's office is wherever he or she happens to be, even a tropical paradise.
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Above all else, keep your eye on the laptop

As obvious as it might seem, physical security is the most neglected cornerstone in IT security. As a Network Security Consultant, I am constantly reminding my clients that the Antivirus Software and the fancy, expensive new Firewall that was installed last month means exacly goose eggs if someone walks in and jacks your server(s).

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Go ahead, outsource yourself

As a result of technological advancements, a new breed of worker is emerging. This new species, caffeine enriched and tech savvy, has come to embrace a familiar work environment. As a new, popular trend, more and more white-collar employees are engaging in home-based telecommuting. Telecommuting offers some serious benefits including saving money on office related expenses, being great for the environment, and it reduces our dependence on foreign, fossil fuels.

Chances are that if you’re reading this, I don’t need to spend a lot of time convincing you of the benefits of telecommuting.

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Don’t just take a vacation, live your vacation!

Now that you’ve been exposed to the idea of Extreme Telecommuting, you may be thinking to yourself, “Nah, it sounds fun, but it will never work for me.” I am here to tell you that you must remove this mental block. The most difficult and self-limiting obstacle to making this a reality is yourself. 

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