Apple now sells more laptops than desktops, and leaving the desktop behind is more possible than ever before. But if you're ditching the desk chair for a coffeehouse-based office for the first time, taking your first laptop to college, or switching to a job that requires tons of travel, turn to Macworld's team of experts for the advice you need. Whether you're wondering which Mac laptop to buy, which utilities will simplify an on-the-go lifestyle, or just how you'll find Internet connectivity no matter where you are, this ebook has the answers. Also covered are the best ways to access your files at home or the office while you're traveling, suggestions on how to keep your data backed up, security tips tailored for the mobile audience, and the best mobile accessories. Plus, since you may be working where you can't get help from a help desk or consultant, a Troubleshooting chapter provides the essential steps you need to work through the most common problems.
Questions answered in this book include: • How can I find Wi-Fi hotspots while traveling? • What do I need to connect to the Internet via a cellular data service? • What options are there for accessing my home Mac beyond Back to My Mac? • If I don't want to use FileVault, is there a way to encrypt only certain folders? • Can my MacBook change settings automatically when it sees a new network? • What Web tools can I use to collaborate with colleagues while I'm away? • What login settings will protect my data in case my laptop is stolen? • What's the best way to back up files over the Internet? • Are there external batteries to extend the life of my MacBook and iPhone?
Table of Contents
Choose Your Hardware
• MacBook Pro Meet Apple's top-of-the-line laptop and see if it's the right choice for your power-user lifestyle.
• MacBook This classic consumer laptop is faster than you might think. But can you live without FireWire?
• MacBook Air Apple's take on the subnotebook, the superthin Air, is aimed at a specific group of road warriors.
• iPhone You know it's much more than a phone, but do you know it can be an effective mobile office as well?
• iPod Touch It may not have 3G, but the iPod touch is still a remarkably powerful tool for travelers.
Make the Connection
• Getting Online Finding Internet access is half the battle. Here are the best ways to get online and get to work fast.
• Phoning Home Learn how to sync up with your home or office computer and ac- cess your data from far away.
Essential Mobile Utilities
• The Basics Savvy travelers shouldn't leave home without these key troubleshooting and productivity-boosting utilities.
• Connections These nifty applications are must-haves for mobile workers who need to get online or sync their data.
• Web Tools Work and communicate smarter using the best collaborative Web-based programs.
• iPhone Tools Unlock your iPhone or iPod touch's hidden work potential with these innovative apps.
Security to Go
• Prevent Theft These tricks and gadgets will keep your computer from ending up in the wrong hands.
• Protect Your Data Anyone who uses your computer can open your files. Make sure your data's properly protected.
• Secure Your Connections Mobile Mac users are frequently on strange and unprotected networks. Ensure that snoops can't see your private communications and files.
• Malware and Other Threats Take a stand against viruses, phishers, and malware with commonsense tips and the right tools.
• Backing Up Having all your data on one device can be risky. Here are the best ways to back up, including online.
• Problem Solving Be your own Genius. Learn how to solve simple problems while miles away from your IT department and the nearest Apple store.
What Else to Pack
• Laptop Necessities Trick out your laptop with the best accessories, like sturdy bags, portable storage, and power solutions.
• Security Tools Ward off potential thieves and track down stolen devices with this collection of safety gear.
• iPhone Accessories Your iPhone or iPod touch is a blank slate just waiting for the right accessories. These cases, skins, and screen protectors will guard it from wear and tear.